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 »
Rangers, Snakes and Frogs Enter Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco
Contact: Alexandra Picavet, (415) 786-8021
San Francisco, CA--Golden Gate National Recreational Area is showing some color and humor with its exhibit in the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade 2013 in the form of a colorful 60' endangered San Francisco garter snake chasing an equally endangered California red-legged frog. This Saturday, February 23, the National Park Service will join in the celebration by carrying a magnificent handmade fabric snake created by park staff and volunteers.
"Traditionally, interactions with park rangers happen on park lands, and we assume people will come to us, but we are trying to shift that thinking," Chief of Interpretation Michele Gee said. "We are an active part of our local communities, and participating in the parade is a way we can show our support for the large Bay Area Asian-American population, and to show the diversity of people, places, and things to do in Golden Gate National Parks," continued Gee, who is Asian- American and always dreamed of being part of this parade.
Look for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's snake and supporters in the latter half of the parade of approximately 100 entrants which include large floats, traditional Lion Dancers and dragons. The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade began in 1860 and is considered one of the top 10 parades in the world, as well as the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. For more information about the Parade, visit www.chineseparade.com.
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Did You Know?
The Ocean Beach Esplanade and Seawall was built during the period 1916 to 1929. Designed by San Francisco’s Chief Engineer Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy, the seawall was considered a great engineering feat.