First Amendment Permits | Aug 25-27

Patriot Prayer Organizer Relinquishes Permit for August 26 Event on Crissy Field


On Friday evening, Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer confirmed that he has relinquished the First Amendment permit for his organization’s planned event at Crissy Field on Saturday, August 26.

After considering the implications of this announcement in coordination with law enforcement, the planned closures will be lifted in the Presidio for Saturday.
  • There will be no road closures.
  • Businesses at Crissy Field and on the Main Post are authorized to reopen.

However, park-operated visitor facilities, including the Presidio Visitor Center and Fort Point National Historic Site, will remain closed.

”Crissy Field will be open for public use on Saturday,” said Cicely Muldoon, Acting General Superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. “We thank the community for your patience over the last week and your continued support of the Presidio.”

The National Park Service and United States Park Police had worked with regional law enforcement agencies to develop a robust plan for public safety before, during, and after the planned Crissy Field event. We now stand ready to support the San Francisco Police Department if needed.

Note: there will be no media staging area in the Presidio on Saturday.
 

Message from GGNRA Acting General Superintendent Cicely Muldoon

August 23, 2017

The National Park Service has a long and proud tradition of being the site of peaceful expressions of people’s views under the First Amendment to the US Constitution which guarantees everyone the right to gather together and express their opinions non-violently. We cannot deny a permit to anyone planning to exercise their First Amendment rights based on their political stance or beliefs. We can deny a permit application for public safety reasons if the event raises such significant public safety concerns that law enforcement cannot manage the event.

Today, NPS is approving five First Amendment permits for people to express their views in a non-violent way this weekend in San Francisco: On August 25: “People’s Town Hall Candlelight Vigil” and “People’s Town Hall Press Conference” on Crissy Field; on August 26: “Better Angels San Francisco” and “STOP HATE human banner” on Ocean Beach, and “Patriot Prayer” on Crissy Field.

We urge those planning to attend these events to share their views in a peaceful manner, to look out for each other, and to support law enforcement personnel to keep everyone safe. NPS respects the right to free speech and in turn we expect all participants to respect one another and this beautiful national park.

Planning for Safe and Peaceful Events

Many people have expressed concerns about safety related to the Patriot Prayer event. After consultation with other law enforcement colleagues, including the San Francisco Police Department, National Park Service law enforcement believe that whether a permit is issued or not, many people will come to Crissy Field on August 26 to express their opinions. Law enforcement advised that issuing a permit will increase their ability to ensure public safety. Accordingly, the National Park Service has decided to approve the permit with significant conditions to promote the peaceful, non-violent expression of views.

National Park Service law enforcement personnel from around the country are working together with the San Francisco Police Department to ensure safe events for all participants. In particular, NPS law enforcement personnel are working very closely with the SFPD on the Patriot Prayer event. Any violence will not be tolerated.

Closures in the Presidio on August 26

To ensure public safety, portions of the Presidio and many businesses within the park will be closed to the public on August 26. Visitors to the Presidio are likely to experience traffic, road closures and other large event related impacts. We strongly encourage visitors who will not be attending the Patriot Prayer event to consider coming to the Presidio on another day.

For more detailed information on all the First Amendment permitted events in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on August 25 and 26, including the Patriot Prayer event permit restrictions and traffic plans, please visit www.nps.gov/goga. Please check back frequently, as we will be adding information throughout the week.

We are grateful for the collaboration of the San Francisco Police Department for their partnership in ensuring everyone’s safety. We also thank all of the local, state and federal public agency partners who have come to our assistance.

We welcome all to express their views by writing us at e-mail us or calling: 415-561-2822.

Sincerely,

Cicely Muldoon
Acting General Superintendent


Event information will be updated as it becomes available. Please check back frequently.

 
 


How do I gain media access to the First Amendment Patriot Prayer permitted event at Crissy Field on August 26?

Press requesting access to the Patriot Prayer permitted event need to pre-register and follow the information below closely to gain access. Register here no later than 11:00 am on Saturday, August 26. Media access will only be granted to credentialed journalists covering the event. Completed registration does not guarantee access to the event. Once your registration is received, you will be emailed parking and access details. To access the media staging and secured event areas on the day of the event, you must present the following three (3) items:


• Current press credentials provided by a law enforcement agency
• Business card with name, job title, and media outlet
• Government issued photo identification

*Approved registration and credentials do not guarantee access. If safety personnel deems the situation unsafe, all access may be denied for media and the general public.

 
Why did GGNRA approve the Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit?

The National Park Service (NPS) has listened carefully to the important concerns raised about the August 26 Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit request for Crissy Field. With public safety being our highest priority in making a decision to issue a First Amendment permit, we have thoroughly assessed the risks associated with this event in consultation with the United States Park Police (USPP), the San Francisco Police Department and other key state and federal public safety agencies.

After intensive planning and consultation with the law enforcement community, we have determined that public safety will be best served by a permitted event rather than an unpermitted event. Based on this public safety assessment, and the direction of the Constitution, the courts and National Park Service policy, we we have decided to approve the final permit which will be made available for viewing in our Reading Room by close of business August 23.

 

Have other First Amendment permits been issued for the weekend of August 26?

In addition to the Patriot Prayer Special Use Permit, NPS has approved four* other First Amendment related permit requests for people to express their views in a non-violent way this weekend in San Francisco: On August 25: “People’s Town Hall Candlelight Vigil” and “People’s Town Hall Press Conference” (UPDATE 8/24: Event organizers have elected to cancel this permit) on Crissy Field; on August 26: “Better Angels San Francisco” and “STOP HATE human banner” on Ocean Beach, and “Patriot Prayer” on Crissy Field.

 

Can citizens carry guns to the Patriot Prayer permitted event?

GGNRA has the ability to exercise control over what items are allowed at a permitted event by specifying permit conditions. In the case of the Patriot Prayer permit, participants are prohibited from bringing firearms or anything that could be used as a weapon.

 
What items are prohibited from being brought into Crissy Field (Zone 1 – see map) on August 26?

A. Aerosols / pressurized canisters
B. Ammunition
C. Animals other than working service animals
D. Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards
E. Backpacks and bags exceeding the size restriction of 18” by 14” by 7”
F. Balloons
G. BBQ grills (propane tanks with any open flame)
H. Bicycles
I. Coolers
J. Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
K. Explosives
L. Firearms (including licensed concealed carry firearms)
M. Gas Masks
N. Glass, thermal or metal containers
O. Helmets
P. Laser pointers
Q. Liquids (other than water in factory-sealed, clear plastic bottles)
R. Mace / pepper spray
S. Packages
T. Pop up tents or canopies
U. Selfie sticks
V. Shields
W. Signs exceeding the size restriction of 24” by 36” (Signs will only be allowed if made of foam core, cardboard or paper)
X. Structures
Y. Supports for signs and placards including sticks of any material
Z. Sticks or bats of any nature composed of any material
AA. Toy or replica guns
BB. Wagons or carts that can be pulled
CC. Weapons of any kind



Note that all event attendees are subject to federal law.


The permit along with a full list of permit conditions are available in our Reading Room by close of business on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
 

Can people carry guns in the GGNRA?

GGNRA adheres to all California State gun control laws. In the State of California, the open carry of firearms in public is illegal. Concealed firearms can only be carried by individuals with a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license issued only by a California county sheriff or chief of police.

However, the permit conditions for the Patriot Prayer First Amendment event prohibit firearms. This restriction is in compliance with state law.

 

What steps is NPS taking to facilitate a safe event in the Presidio on August 26th?

NPS is actively working in coordination with multiple law enforcement entities including the United States Park Police, SF Police Department, SF Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and California Office of Emergency Services to put appropriate measures in place to support a safe, respectful First Amendment gathering on Crissy Field on Saturday, August 26th. This group is working together to identify appropriate staffing levels, develop a coordinated traffic plan, and plan for a gathering space that supports the parks goal of a peaceful gathering.


In order support a safe gathering on August 26, a public access plan has been developed designating two restricted zones within the Presidio: Zone 1 and Zone 2. Zone 1 is Crissy FIeld and vicinity. Zone 1 can only be accessed on foot via the Marina Gate. No vehicles are bicycles or parking are permitted in Zone 1. Zone 2 is the Main Post and vicinity. No pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, or parking is permitted in Zone 2.

 

What roads are closed on August 26 within the Presidio? Where am I prohibited from driving and parking?

Crissy Field (Zone 1) will be closed to vehicles and bicycles on August 26. The Main Post (Zone 2) will be closed to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. No parking will be available in either of these areas. See map. Major road closures include:

  • Mason Street will be closed at the Marina Gate

  • Arguello Boulevard will be closed at Washington Boulevard

  • Park Boulevard will be closed at Kobbe Avenue

  • Lincoln Boulevard will be closed at Funston Avenue and Storey/Merchant

  • Presidio Boulevard will be closed at Mesa

  • Moraga Avenue will be closed at Mesa

  • Ruckman/Storey will be available at Lincoln

  • The east Toll Plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed at Lincoln

 

How do I access Crissy Field on August 26?

Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). Vehicles and bicycles will not be permitted at Crissy Field on Saturday. All people entering the Presidio at the Mason Street Gate will be screened to ensure that prohibited items are not brought into Crissy Field (see list).

 

What transportation is available to Crissy Field on August 26?

Do not drive to this event; there will be no parking. Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). The PresidiGo Around the Park Shuttle will not be operating on this day. MUNI will not service stops in the Presidio or Marina neighborhoods. Golden Gate Bridge southern parking lots and visitor amenities will be closed on this day. Golden Gate Transit bus stops adjacent to the Toll Plaza will be closed as well.

Please visit the MUNI website and the Golden Gate Bridge District website for the latest transit information.

 

Where can I view the Patriot Prayer permit?

The Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit application can currently be viewed in our Reading Room, the final approval permit will also be made available by close of business Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

 

Will the Presidio be open on the 26th?

Portions of the Presidio and many businesses within the park will be closed to the public on August 26. Visitors to the Presidio are likely to experience traffic, road closures and other large event related impacts. We strongly encourage visitors who will not be attending the First Amendment event to consider coming to the Presidio on another day.

 

Will businesses in the Presidio remain open?

While NPS does not require tenants close their businesses, many tenants have elected to close due to potential impacts of street and parking lot closures and crowds. Following is a list of tenant closures by park area:

AT CRISSY FIELD
Tenant Organizations (all organizations will be closed, including these public-serving tenants):
Batters Box SF
House of Air
Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center
La Petite Baleen
Planet Granite
Roaring Mouse Cycles
Sports Basement
University of San Francisco
Park-Managed Facilities
Crissy Field Center
Warming Hut
Fort Point National Historic Site and Park Store
The Portal (temporary art installation)
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
National Park Service Park Archives

AT THE MAIN POST
Tenant Organizations (all organizations will be closed, including these public-serving tenants):
Interfaith Center at the Presidio
Presidio Bowling Center
Presidio Dance Theatre
Baptiste Yoga SF
Society of California Pioneers
Walt Disney Family Museum
Park-Managed Facilities
San Francisco National Cemetery
Presidio Visitor Center
Presidio Officers’ Club
Presidio Transit Center
TRANSIT Restaurant
Arguello Restaurant
The Commissary Restaurant
Andy Goldsworthy’s Tree Fall

AT THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE
Park-Managed Facilities
Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center
Golden Gate Bridge Café and Roundhouse Cafe
 

How many First Amendment permits does GGNRA issue each year?

GGNRA issues an average of 1,000 special use permits each year in the GGNRA. About 20 of those permits are identified as an “exercise of First Amendment Rights.”

 

How does a Special Event Permit differ from First Amendment Permit?

Special events in National Parks need to submit proof of insurance and other plans, as their use is considered a privilege, but First Amendment activities are considered a right, and many of these types of requirements are waived. The decision to waive these requirements is consistent with the US Constitution and guidance from judicial opinions, including the US Supreme Court. The National Park Service therefore does not impose financial barriers on the expression of First Amendment rights. The costs of fencing, restrooms, and NPS event monitoring costs are waived for such events.

Last updated: August 25, 2017

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