Winter Surf Warning
Every year people drown in the surf off Northern California beaches - don't let it be you! Be extra alert on park beaches during the winter storm season. Do not turn your back on the shoreline and watch for extra powerful “sneaker” waves.
Through a partnership of the National Parks Service at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Arts in the Parks program is finding new ways to make the arts part of the visitor experience. From the misty waters surrounding Sutro Baths to the lonely cells of Alcatraz, the program encourages creativity to transform the visitor experience of these public spaces. Working with partnering artists and organizations, artwork and performances are created specifically for a park site, enabling opportunities for reflection about the nature and history of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. To learn more about Arts in the Parks, current and past exhibitions please visit the Arts in the Parks webpage.
Open Houses for 2013
There are three general Open Houses held each year for Golden Gate National Parks projects and issues. Please join us at any or all of these public meetings.
Next Open House:
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
4:30 - 6:30 PM
San Pedro Valley County Park Visitor Center
600 Oddstad Boulevard
Pacifica, CA 94044
Learn more about Phase 2, which began in February, 2013, and will continue throughout the year. Hear about planned detours and delays, as well as completed projects. This is the final phase of this multi-year project that is improving 11-miles of roads, trails and parking lots in the Marin Headlands.
Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach Update
The next big phase has begun, which includes the replacement of the parking lot in a new alignment that allows restoration of Redwood Creek's natural floodplain.*Access to Muir Beach is CLOSED during construction, July 8 through November, 2013. There are no services or restrooms available at Muir Beach at this time.*
The Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District (SMCSD), in coordination with NPS, will release an Environmental Assessment/ Initial Study for public review and comment in Spring 2013. The project would upgrade the SMCSD's wastewater treatment facility at Fort Baker.
Muir Woods Transportation and Access Planning
The GGNRA is in the process of planning for more active management of transportation and access to Muir Woods National Monument. There is an immediate need to address traffic, natural resource, visitor experience, and safety impacts related to growing visitor demand at the monument. This demand has risen to levels that frequently exceed the capacity of the area, causing traffic and parking conditions that are unsafe and undesirable for visitors, and natural resource impacts to Redwood Creek, which is critical habitat for federally listed threatened and endangered species (Steelhead Trout and Coho Salmon). Planning is underway and will begin a public NEPA process with scoping planned for summer 2013. Existing conditions, resource maps, and other info will be presented at the open house and the planning team will be available for discussion.
Become a National Park Service Volunteer in Marin Share your love and enthusiasm for your National Parks by becoming a volunteer. What better way to ensure the protection of the parks than by becoming a volunteer and helping others discover the fascinating history, beautiful landscape, and abundance of recreational opportunities that are part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Stop by and visit with Ranger Sarah at the Open House to discuss volunteer opportunities in Marin or for more information on volunteering at GGNRA.
Come grow with us! The three Marin Nurseries and team of staff and volunteers are growing 60,000 plants this year for preservation and restoration projects from Ft. Baker to Olema. Learn more about the program and how you can be part of it.
Public Transportation to Marin Headlands and Muir Woods
NPS has worked with SF Municipal Transportation Agency and Marin Transit to expand and improve service on MUNI's Route 76 to the Marin Headlands, and Marin Transit's Route 66 to Muir Woods. Saturday Route 76 service began in November 2012 as part of a two year long Transit Effectiveness Project pilot.
Future Muir Beach Bus Stops
New bus stops will be constructed during the spring of 2014, on Hwy 1 near the intersection of Pacific Way. They will provide the infrastructure necessary to improve public transportation services to Muir Beach.
Dias Ridge Trail Connector - Phase II
This project will construct approximately ¼ mile of multi-use trail parallel to Hwy 1 in Muir Beach, connecting the Dias Ridge trail junction at Golden Gate Dairy with the Redwood Creek Trail near the intersection of Frank Valley Road and Hwy 1. Preliminary designs will be shared at the Open House. NPS is seeking funding to complete design and compliance for future construction of this link.oods, Assistive Listening Devices, beach wheel chairs, American Sign Language, etc.
Coming Soon. . .
Final GGNRA/Muir Woods General Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement release planned for this fall.
Future Public Meetings:
Sign up for direct email notices of these meetings at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention which project you are interested in, or sign up for all projects by visiting www.nps.gov/goga and click "Join Our Email List." All email addresses on mailing list are kept confidential, and rarely are more than 15 emails sent per year.
Did You Know?
The Fort Mason’s Officer Club was built in 1877 as the commanding officers’ residence and up through 1943, has been the home of virtually every significant general officer in the western states including Irvin McDowell, Nelson Miles, Arthur MacArthur, Frederick Funston and John Dewitt.