Mather Point is the first glimpse of the Grand Canyon viewed by thousands of visitors from all over the world. The Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Mather Point planning and design efforts allow for the restoration and enhancement of native and historically significant landscape along the south rim. The design creates ABAAS access to the Mather Point east overlook, improves transportation and utilizes innovative sustainable strategies that are an integral part of the visitor experience and natural resource protection. The first phase established the shuttle bus transit center and 800 car/40 tour bus parking facility. The second phase removed parking and drives adjacent to Mather Point and reestablished a safe and clear pedestrian connection between the rim and the center.