Golden Gate City Hall, home of the Golden Gates, is celebrating the inauguration of its newest project, the Robert John Gates Foundation.
The Gates Foundation, the foundation that owns the Golden Gables and the iconic Golden Gate bridge, will use its foundation-funded foundation-issued $5 million gift to renovate the Golden gate bridge in San Francisco.
The foundation is also launching a “virtual bridge experience” that will bring the Golden gates into the 21st century by installing a virtual “bridge” that is actually a video game.
The bridge is one of the oldest structures in the world.
“The bridge has an incredible legacy that’s been in place for generations,” said Paul Chodikoff, the Gates Foundation’s vice president of programs and innovation.
“It’s been a symbol of the way we see our world, and the way that our society has evolved over time.”
Chodickoff said the bridge has had a special place in San Franciscans hearts since it was built in 1909, and a new project is part of a larger effort to modernize and expand it.
The idea for the virtual bridge came after the Gates foundation heard from a local resident who had used the bridge as a way to get around.
The resident said he often wondered why the Golden gables were not more pedestrian-friendly.
“This bridge is an iconic landmark of San Francisco and it’s really important to see, and people are very passionate about seeing the bridge,” Chodicks said.
The virtual bridge will be installed next year.
The city has a history of making bridges look good and making sure they look good for the public.
But the virtual bridges are not only for tourists and residents.
The digital bridge will also be installed to help with public safety and security and to show the Golden gateway was the first bridge in the city to be built in San Jose.
The real bridge was built by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in the mid-1930s.
In fact, the first virtual bridge was installed at the San Jose International Airport in 1953, after the Goldengate opened.
“There’s been an incredible amount of attention on the bridge and the Golden Gateway, and this bridge is really something we’ve been able to build in such a short amount of time,” Chodoroff said.
“And I think that really helps us to celebrate it, celebrate it now, and also really build on it, and hopefully get the bridge going again.”