Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Green buildings are constructed with special consideration to environmentally friendly practices starting at construction and continuing to operation and maintenance. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED is a program that certifies different levels of green buildings. Golden Gate National Recreation Area has several LEED certified buildings.
The Crissy Field Center has a LEED Platinum certification, the highest rating a building can receive. One-fourth of the materials used for its construction were from recycled content. The building's exterior panels were made from locally salvaged redwood. Floor panels and siding were made from post-consumer paper and bamboo fiber. The construction of the Center produced less environmental disturbance and waste than traditional methods because its parts were prefabricating in a factory and then assembled on site.
The Land's End Lookout is another LEED Platinum certified building. To decrease the wasteful consumption of new materials, the building was made from concrete and steel that contained recycled content. The concrete was made from materials supplied by local quarries, reducing the use of fossil fuels needed to transport the raw materials. The attractive east end of the building is made from reclaimed redwood. Over three quarters of the construction waste was diverted from landfills while building the Lookout.
The Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker is LEED Gold certified. Reclaimed wood was repurposed to construct many of the Lodge's furniture pieces. Building insulation was made from recycled denim, eliminating waste destined for landfills. Bamboo and other renewable resources were used in the cabinetry in many rooms. The Lodge also uses environmentally friendly paints and carpets to minimize indoor pollutants and harmful chemicals found in conventional products.
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Did You Know?
Alcatraz Island is one of the designated National Historic Landmark Districts and has over 1.4 million visitors, each year, from all over the world.