The U.S. military down-sized in the 1980s and 1990s. Congress indentified many military areas for surplus to reduce costs, including several in the San Francisco Bay Area. Urban parks were gaining popularity to reach the residents of growing cities such as San Francisco. Public-led conservation movements like the People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area worked to preserve open space. From these events, the largest national urban park was born.
Original panel for the "National Park Service Era (1970-Present)" (PDF 39.5MB)
Last updated: February 28, 2015