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 »
Solid Waste Diversion
One way the park decreases its solid waste is by recycling as much material as possible. Traditional items made from paper, glass, or plastic are recycled, as well as other universal waste items such as batteries, light bulbs, consumer electronics, etc. Recycling decreases solid waste heading to the landfill and contributes to products containing recycled materials, which the park buys through its green purchasing program. Goods manufactured from recycled materials typically require less energy to make than those using virgin materials, thus decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Another way Golden Gate diverts solid waste from landfills is by composting biodegradable material such as food waste and most paper products. The breakdown of any biodegradable waste inside a landfill is prevented by the lack of air and moisture inside the fill. Waste composting allows critical nutrients to return to the soil. National Park Service buildings are equipped with compost, recycle, and landfill bins for staff use.
Visitors to the Land's End Lookout, Crissy Field, or Muir Woods visitor centers can use compost, recycle, and landfill bins at those locations. Golden Gate is working to provide additional separated waste bins throughout the park.
Explore helpful links about diverting solid waste at our sustainability resources page.
Watch a short video about Golden Gate's composting efforts here.
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Did You Know?
The international peace symbol was designed in 1958 as the logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and has deliberately never been copyrighted.