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October 23, 2015
Muir Woods Reservation System Environmental Assessment Review Period
The National Park Service has released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed parking and shuttle reservation system for Muir Woods National Monument for a 30-day public comment period beginning October 23, 2015.. The proposed reservation system was informed by goals outlined in Park’s General Management Plan, the Redwood Creek Watershed Vision for the Future,input from transportation experts, and feedback from stakeholders and members of the public gathered over the last twenty months. Approval of the EA will enable the National Park Service to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the County of Marin which outlines a series of collaborative steps to address congestion and parking for Muir Woods National Monument.

October 22, 2015
Proposed Ocean Beach Fire Program Review Period
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing changes to the recreational fire program at Ocean Beach in order to create a safe and sustainable program that addresses environmental impacts and public safety concerns while creating a high quality user experience. Key elements of the proposed program include a permit system, winter restrictions to promote better air quality, more durable fire rings and a maintenance and outreach partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD).

September 18, 2015
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Holds Public Forum on Accessibility
Golden Gate National Recreation Area will be holding a public forum on accessibility to gather public input on various accessibility topics for the park. All are invited to participate and learn about current accessible opportunities throughout the park.

September 16, 2015
Public Meeting on Proposed Ocean Beach Fire Program Changes
In February of this year the National Park Service (NPS) held a public meeting to discuss outcomes from the 2014 Revised Pilot Program for Beach Fires on Ocean Beach in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Since then the NPS has been working with Supervisor Eric Mar, the City and County of San Francisco, and the general public to develop a safe, manageable, and environmentally sustainable beach fire program for Ocean Beach.

September 03, 2015
Golden Gate National Recreation Area is Launching New Programming for 4th Graders as Part of Every Kid in a Park
The Every Kid In a Park initiative strives to get kids and their families to experience national parks this year as part of the centennial of the National Park Service.

August 28, 2015
Cancellation Marin Headlands of boil water notice
The boil water notice has been cancelled.

August 25, 2015
Boil Water Order in Marin Headlands Remains in Effect Until Further Notice
Recent water tests from the Marin Headlands Visitor Center's exterior faucet and a nearby fire hydrant came back positive for coliform bacteria. The State Water Resources Control Board has issued a Boil Water order for all areas west of the Baker/Barry tunnel until further notice.

August 25, 2015
Find Your Park and Celebrate the 99th Birthday of the National Park Service Today!
Find Your Way to Celebrate with Golden Gate National Recreation Area on August 25

July 01, 2015
Plan Ahead for Fourth of July Holiday at Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Golden Gate National Recreation Area is expecting huge crowds and heavy use of beaches, parking lots, trails, and historic sites this Fourth of July. The National Park Service would like to pass on these tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday.

May 28, 2015
Fees in Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Muir Woods National Monument Will Increase
On January 1, 2016, the entrance fee for Muir Woods National Monument will increase to $10 for adults, children under 16 remain free of charge. Starting June 1, 2015, parking fees at Battery East and West Bluff parking areas in Golden Gate National Recreation Area will increase by twenty cents an hour, with a maximum increase of $1 per day.

May 13, 2015
Water Saving Measures Being Strengthened
In response to California’s severe drought, the park is committed to doing all it can to achieve the 25% reduction in urban water use mandated by Governor Jerry Brown.

May 08, 2015
Unexploded Ordinance from the 1880s Found in Marin Headlands
On May 8, 2015, the National Park Service working with munitions experts from Travis Air Force Base, destroyed a projectile found near Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The projectile, identified from an old military manual, is the kind that was fired from cannons at Fort Point in the 1880's. It was not unusual for the military to practice firing cannons at the Headlands in those days.

April 22, 2015
Tourism in Bay Area Park Sites boasts economy
San Francisco, CA – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 24,513,179 visitors to National Park Service sites in the San Francisco Bay Area during 2014 spent $719,613.900 in surrounding communities as part of those visits. That spending supported more than 9,200 local jobs associated with the parks, and had a cumulative benefit to local economies of $872,138,900.

March 18, 2015
Chris Lehnertz Appointed as Superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has appointed Christine S. Lehnertz as superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Lehnertz, currently regional director for the bureau’s Pacific West Region, will assume her new post at the beginning of May. She replaces Frank Dean who retired in February. Deputy Regional Director Patty Neubacher will serve as Acting Regional Director for the region until a permanent replacement is selected.

March 05, 2015
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service are Applying for a Grant for Restoration from the Off-Highway Vehicle Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service are Applying for a Grant for Restoration from the Off-Highway Vehicle Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program

February 12, 2015
Surfers, Fishermen, and Walkers Should Stay Alert on Beaches in Golden Gate National Recreation Area This Holiday Weekend
The National Weather Service has issued a "coastal hazard statement" for Northern California beaches this weekend. People visiting Golden Gate National Recreation Area, especially Ocean Beach, Fort Funston and Rodeo Beach, need to be extremely cautious. It is estimated that there can be waves as high as 8-10 feet, with "sneaker waves" and strong rip currents. Sneaker waves can catch beach goers and fishermen by surprise.

February 11, 2015
Sea lion rescued by National Park Ranger
At 7:10 this morning National Park Ranger Wallat was driving along Skyline Drive, near Fort Funston in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, when he stopped to assist two Good Samaritans. The citizens had stopped to protect a California sea lion pup that was on the side of the road. The yearling had crossed Skyline Drive just south of the turnoff to the Great Highway.

February 09, 2015
New General Management Plan Signed for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that Regional Director Christine Lehnertz has signed the Record of Decision for the General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP) for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including Alcatraz Island, and Muir Woods National Monument. This action authorizes Golden Gate National Recreation Area to implement the new GMP. The plan replaces the 1980 general management plan which effectively guided the park for more than three decades.

 

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