SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Angel Island State Park in San Francisco Bay may be getting a much needed facelift. A plan is underway to make millions of dollars in improvements to the historic park, including a grand new entryway.

In a video made by the non-profit Angel Island Conservancy, narrator Doug McConnell explained the unique history of the island.

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“It all begins at Ayala Cove named after the Spanish Captain Juan Bautista de Ayala,” McConnell said. Historically Ayala is known as the naval explorer responsible for bringing his crew of European explorers into the San Francisco Bay.

Angel Island has had many faces including a past life as a major west coast immigration station and a military installation dating back to the Civil War.

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The state park is accessible by ferry from Tiburon or by sailboat, but is showing its age. Gail Dolton with the conservancy hopes to change that.

“I want Angel Island to be an awe-inspiring visitor experience and one of the must see Bay Area destinations, like Alcatraz and other places that people have on their short list when they come to the Bay Area,” Dolton said.

A long-range plan envisions a new entryway and dozens of other projects and upgrades. Details haven’t been ironed out yet. Fundraising to pay for the project would be worked out after initial public comment and then final approval.

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