• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Press Kit

Overview of Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Park Mission

The Golden Gate National Parks mission is to preserve and enhance the natural, historic and scenic resources of the lands north and south of the Golden Gate for the education, recreation and inspiration of people today and in the future. In the spirit of bringing national parks to the people, we reach out to a diverse urban community, promote the richness and breadth of the national park system to many who are experiencing a national park for the first time and foster broad-based public stewardship through various volunteer and partnership programs.

Click the links below to read the park's first General Management Plan, finalized in 1980; and the new General Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement, released in April 2014.

*No part of the GMP will be implemented until a final decision document, a Record of Decision, is approved by the Regional Director. It will be available on this site once the document has been signed.

To learn more about the park's vision for Interpretation & Education, download a copy of our latest Comprehensive Interpretive Plan:

About Us

Golden Gate National Recreation Area was established by Congress in 1972 as part of a movement known as "Parks to the People." The park has grown into the largest national park unit in an urban area in this country, and includes under its management two additional NPS units-Fort Point NHS and Muir Wood NM. The park's lands are located in three counties-Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. Upwards of 20 million people per year visit this remarkable park, located in the midst of a highly diverse metropolitan area of 7 million people.

The park includes world-renowned visitor destinations such as Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods, as well as many other destination of regional and national import such as the Crissy Field, the Presidio, Marin Headlands, Stinson Beach, Fort Mason, Ocean Beach, Fort Funston, Sweeney Ridge, and Mori Point. One of the largest collections of historic buildings of any national park can be found in the park, along with dozens of plants and animal species that are accorded state or federal protected status. The park is part of the United Nations-designated Golden Gate International Biosphere Reserve.

Partnership is one of the watchwords of the park, with a number of outstanding nonprofit organizations working with the park to make available a wide variety of programs. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the official support organization for the park, providing an extraordinary level of funds and assistance each year.

The park operates under Federal, Department of the Interior, and National Park Service policies and guidelines, in accordance with a General Management Plan (GMP) which was first published in 1980. The park GMP is currently undergoing revision to reflect new lands and responsibilities added since the park was established.

Park management includes a General Superintendent, Deputy General Superintendent, and a number of operating and administrative divisions. The park's budget includes annual federal appropriations, capital and special purpose project funding, fee funds, and donated funds. Park staffing is augmented by a high level of volunteerism, generally exceeding 350,000 hours of volunteer service per year.

 

 
Facts About Golden Gate National Recreation Area,
Muir Woods National Monument,
Fort Point National Historic Site


Park Summary

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Fort Point National Historic Site are managed by a General Superintendent and a shared Senior Staff. The legislative boundary of Golden Gate is 80,000 acres in the counties of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo, and includes much land managed by California State Parks, Marin Municipal Water District and San Francisco Public Utility Commission.


General Info About the Park

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) was established by Congress in 1972 to offer a national park experience to a diverse urban population, while preserving and interpreting the park's outstanding natural, historic, scenic, and recreational values. One of the largest urban parks in the world, GGNRA welcomes over 17 million visitors a year. The park is as diverse as it is expansive; it contains attractions such as Alcatraz Island, Crissy Field, the Marin Headlands and Rancho Corral de Tierra. GGNRA also includes significant historical and natural resources and houses the largest museum collection in the National Park Service. Over half of North American avian species and nearly one third of California's plant species are found in the park.

Resources

  • 1,200 historic structures
  • 5 National Historic Landmark Districts
  • 13 National Register of Historic Places properties
  • 365 identified and over 500 predicted archaeological sites
  • 9 cultural landscapes
  • 5 lighthouses
  • Home to 1,287 plant and animal species, that encompasses 91 miles of bay and ocean shoreline.
  • Part of the UNESCO Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve
  • Comprised of 19 separate ecosystems in 7 distinct watersheds
  • Home to the largest museum collection in the National Park System
  • Contains the 3rd largest number of federally protected or endangered species of all 401 units within the National Park Service.
FY 13 Stats
Acreage (gross area acres legislated):
80,624 (of which 20,000 are managed by NPS)

Visitation (including all three park units, excluding the Presidio):
Total 16,834,558; (the sum of Golden Gate NRA 14,289,121; Fort Point NHS 1,591,312; and Muir Woods NM 954,125)

NPS Staffing
287 employees (219 Permanent; 66 Term; 2 Temporary), excluding US Park Police

Budget
President's Requested budget for Fiscal Year 2013: $26,776,000

Park Partners
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the primary partner. GGNRA also partners with more than 25 nonprofit and commercial organizations as well as other government agencies that provide a wide range of visitor services and activities within the park including Nature Bridge, the YMCA, and Hostelling International.


Congressional Districts
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, 8th Congressional District
U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, 12th Congressional District
U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman, 2th Congressional District
U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, 14th Congressional District

 


Biographies

 
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National Park Service Director John Jarvis.

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NPS Director Jonathon B. Jarvis

Jonathan B. Jarvis began his career with the National Park Service in 1976 as a seasonal interpreter in Washington, D.C. Today, he manages that agency whose mission is to preserve America's most treasured landscapes and cultural icons.

Jarvis's 37-year career has taken him from ranger to resource management specialist to park biologist to superintendent of parks such as Craters of the Moon, North Cascades, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Mount Rainier. Before being confirmed as the 18th Director of the National Park Service on September 24, 2009, Jarvis served as regional director of the bureau's Pacific West Region.

Today, he is responsible for overseeing an agency with more than 22,000 employees, a $3 billion budget, and 401 national parks that attract more than 280 million visitors every year who generate $30 billion in economic benefit across the nation.

For more information on Director Jarvis, visit the link here.

 
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Regional Director of the Pacific West Region, Chris Lehnertz.

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Pacific West Regional Director Christine Lehnertz

Chris Lehnertz oversees the Pacific West Region, which spans 106 degrees across the globe and preserves and protects 58 spectacular national parks as far west as American Samoa and as far east as Saipan. In between, there are Pacific West park units in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, western Montana, northwestern Arizona and Guam. The Pacific West Region also is instrumental in working with a variety of community assistance partnership programs.


Prior to serving as Regional Director, Lehnertz was Deputy Superintendent at Yellowstone National Park. She has also served as acting Associate Director for Cultural Resources in the National Park Service's office in Washington DC.


Before arriving at the National Park Service, she spent 16 years working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Primarily working under the Clean Water Act, she also served in other program areas including multiple compliance and enforcement program areas, tribal assistance grants, and global climate change. A federal employee since 1989, she has worked at posts in Colorado, Wyoming, and Washington DC, and is currently stationed in Oakland, Calif.

 
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Superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Frank Dean.

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Superintendent Frank Dean

He has over 30 years of experience working in the National Park Service with several stints in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. His first National Park Service position was as a park ranger on Alcatraz, Baker Beach and the Marin Headlands. In 1999, he briefly served as Acting Deputy Superintendent at Golden Gate focusing on the conversion of Fort Baker from military post to park.

His NPS career began in 1976 when he accepted a position as a ranger in Golden Gate National Recreation Area – serving at this national park in three distinct assignments he continued on to several leadership roles.

Dean served in upstate New York since 2002, starting as Superintendent of Saratoga National Historical Park and transitioned into the Executive Director of Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor position. He was named chief of the Centennial Coordination and Planning Office in Washington D.C. in 2008. In addition he is the acting chief of the National Park Service Partnership Office that was established by the late General Superintendent for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Brian O'Neill.


 
Aaron Roth

Aaron Roth

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Deputy Superintendent Aaron Roth

Aaron Roth is the Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Business Management for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and a member of the Healthy Food for the Parks team.

He has worked with the National Park Service since 2004, working first as a Business Management Specialist for the Intermountain Region and moved to Golden Gate National Recreation Area in October of 2007. Roth has been Deputy Superintendent of GGNRA since May of 2010 and is an alumni of University of Colorado, Boulder and University of Virginia.

 

If you'd like to contact GGNRA staff or offices, click here.

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