Open House Agenda

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Drop in anytime between 4:30 to 6:30 PM
Bay Model Visitor Center
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965

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Please join us to discuss current and upcoming plans and projects in Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Meet park staff and provide your input. We value your participation.

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Open House Topics

  • America's Cup 34*
  • Air Tour Management Plan*
  • Proposed Parking Fee at West Bluff Area Crissy Field*
  • General Management Plan Update
  • Project Headlands Road Construction Update
  • Alexander/Danes Intersection Improvement Project
  • Point Bonita Bridge Replacement Project
  • Doyle Drive Construction (and 3–day closure) Update
  • Golden Gate Bridge Plaza Improvements, 75th Anniversary
  • Trails Forever Updates

* These projects are open for public comment.

 

America’s Cup 34
Public Scoping

In December 2011, the City signed a "Host Agreement" with the America's Cup Event Authority and the America's Cup Organizing Committee to support the 34th America's Cup, an international sailing race event program, in the San Francisco Bay Area, proposed to take place in Summer–Fall 2013, with preliminary "World Series" races in Summer–Fall 2012. Consequent to that, in February 2011, the City issued a Notice of Preparation ("NOP") under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") for the Proposed Project. In issuing their Notice of Preparation, the City identified several national park areas as "spectator venues" for public viewing of AC34 with specific program events and activities proposed within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, which are both units of the National Park System. The NOP also identified a potential AC34 Race boundary for a series of "racing events" with water "spectator" viewing for recreational boats and yachts, as well as improvements to the Port of San Francisco managed waterfront.

If approved as "spectator venues" along with any or all marine and landside events and activities, two (2) NPS permits, and/or other authorizing instruments will be required from the NPS, one each from GGNRA and SAFR. Similarly, a National Marine permit and special local regulation will be required from the United State's Coast Guard (USCG). In addition, in–water construction and dredging are proposed along the San Francisco waterfront and would be subject to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authority, and a permit for such. Roads and access managed by the Presidio Trust could also be affected.The City's requirement for issuance of such authorizing instruments by these federal jurisdictions, on behalf of the AC34 Event Authority, triggers the need for a NEPA analysis of the "Project."

The National Park Service and USCG will conduct the environmental impact analysis of the America's Cup Event (Project) on NPS lands and waters, and those of the San Francisco Bay and coastal waters under the United States Coast Guard's jurisdiction in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Presidio Trust. This environmental impact analysis will serve as documentation of the federal agencies' compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (Public Law 91-190) for this proposed "Project."

The public is invited to participate in the scoping process for this project:

Review the public documents and submit comments online

Attend public scoping meetings:

Wednesday, August 17, 4:30–6:30 pm
Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito
(this will be part of the regularly scheduled GGNRA Open House)

Thursday, August 18, 7:00–9:00 pm
Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop
Main Post in the Presidio, San Francisco

Tuesday, August 23, 6:30–8:30 pm
Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington Street, Oakland

Send written comments to:

ESA
Attn: Erin Higbee–Kollu
550 Kearney Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, 94131

Comments on the scoping of the 34th America’s Cup project will be most helpful if received by September 7th, 2011.

Also see America’s Cup NEPA website

 

Air Tour Management Plan
Public Scoping for Environmental Assessment

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in cooperation with NPS, has initiated development of an Air Tour Management Plan (ATMP) at GGNRA, including the Muir Woods National Monument which is managed by GGNRA, and Point Reyes National Seashore (the Seashore). The ATMP for GGNRA would also include San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park which is immediately adjacent to GGNRA. The objective of the Air Tour Management Plans is to develop acceptable and effective measures to mitigate or prevent the significant adverse impacts, if any, of commercial air tour operations on the natural resources, cultural resources, visitor experiences and tribal lands within or abutting GGNRA and the Seashore.

Issues and concerns from the public, government agencies, and organizations will assist the NPS and FAA in preparation of the Environmental Assessment.

Public comments may be submitted through September 28:

Online at the Planning, Environment and Public Comment website

At public meetings. In addition to the Open House on August 17, a separate public scoping meeting specifically for ATMP will be held on:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011
4:30–6:30 pm
GGNRA Headquarters
Fort Mason Building 201

San Francisco, CA 94123

Or mail to:
Keith Lusk
Special Programs Staff
Western Pacific Region Federal Aviation Administration
P.O. Box 92007
Los Angeles, CA 90009-2007

Also see FAA’s project website

 

Proposed Parking Fee at West Bluff Area Crissy Field
Open for Public Comment

Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is initiating public outreach and accepting public comments on a proposed parking fee at West Crissy Field, in Presidio Area A: the portion of the Presidio managed by the National Park Service. GGNRA proposes to implement a parking fee on its lots adjacent to the Presidio Trust Area B: the portion of the Presidio managed by the Presidio Trust at West Crissy Field when the Presidio Trust implements its fee parking program in this area.

Public comments may be submitted through September 9:

Online at the Planning, Environment and Public Comment website

In writing at public meetings

By mail to:
Superintendent
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201 Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
 

General Management Plan Update

We encourage your participation to help create the vision and framework that will guide the management of the park for the next 20 years. It’s been more than 25 years since the original General Management Plan (GMP) was put in place. Since then, the park has more than doubled in size and visitation, and the ecological and historical importance of its resources has become better understood. Now it’s time to look forward again—to see how we can best preserve the natural vitality and unique cultural history of our park lands and continue to make them great places for all of us to visit and enjoy.

Public meetings on the Draft General Management Plan are being scheduled for September–October 2011.

 

Project Headlands Road Construction Update

Project Headlands is a multi–year road construction project that consists of the resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation ("3R") of several roads within the Marin Headlands unit of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The first year of work in 2010 included the creation of formalized overlooks along East Road, improved parking and site improvements at Hawk Hill, roundabout construction at the Conzelman/McCullough intersection and the recontouring and revegetation of a hillside damaged by an improperly maintained military era drainage system.

The current construction season (March–October 2011) focuses on Conzelman Road from Alexander Avenue to McCullough, Field Road and Danes Drive. Highlights include improved parking and visitor services at Battery Spencer, creation of a 5'–wide bike lane on Conzelman Road from Alexander Avenue to McCullough, lengthening of the right turn lane on Danes Drive, and slope excavations to improve vehicular line of sight for safety on Field Road. Common features of all this work include improved directional wayfinding signage, ABAAS–compliant accessibility upgrades, transit upgrades, trail creation and the employment of natural/cultural resource protection mitigations.

Also see Project Headlands official website

 

Alexander/Danes Intersection Improvement Project

The National Park Service and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) will soon be releasing an Environmental Assessment to improve the Alexander Avenue and Danes Drive (West Bunker Road) intersection. The proposed project is part of a larger program to rehabilitate multiple Marin Headlands roads within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

 
Point Bonita Bridge
Point Bonita Bridge

Point Bonita Bridge Replacement Project

This project entails the replacement the deteriorated Point Bonita Suspension Bridge. The new bridge will be constructed of similar materials and based on the original design to ensure compatibility with the look of the historic structure. The existing cable anchorages and tower foundations will be re–used and there will be minor improvements for current structural code compliance and/or durability requirements. Additionally, the bridge’s western abutment will be stabilized through the construction of steel reinforced sculpted and stained concrete buttressing along with the installation of powder-coated stainless steel netting. Construction is set to begin in September 2011 and will continue through February 2012. On weekends during construction, safe public access will be maintained to the bridge’s eastern abutment.

This bridge was constructed in 1954 when the rock land bridge, connecting the lighthouse promontory to the main peninsula, eroded to such an extent so as to prevent safe passage. The bridge was repainted in 1998, but the harsh marine climate has caused the coating to fail, increasing the risk of further deterioration. The bridge is the only access for both visitors and maintenance to the Point Bonita Light House and is the only access point for U.S. Coast Guard staff to reach their navigational aides.
 

Doyle Drive Construction (and 3-day closure) Update

The new Presidio Parkway replacement is based on a world-class design that will improve the seismic, structural and traffic safety of the roadway. It will also be far more sensitive to community needs and to the national park setting, reducing impacts on biological, cultural, historical and natural resources and on the surrounding neighborhoods.The Presidio Parkway design will vastly improve the connections between the Presidio and Crissy Field, increase green space, and allow for enhanced bicycle and pedestrian trail networks.

Construction of the Presidio Parkway began in December 2009 and is expected to be complete in late 2014. As part of the construction phasing which allows traffic to flow during the roadway replacement, Doyle Drive will be closed for a weekend. This closure is expected to occur in late 2011; the date will be determined based on construction progress and weather.

Also see Presidio Parkway official website

 

Golden Gate Bridge Plaza Improvements and 75th Anniversary

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, and the NPS are working in partnership to enhance the visitor plaza on the east side of the Golden Gate Bridge for the 75th anniversary of the bridge (May 2012). The project includes site circulation and landscape improvements, construction of a 75th anniversary temporary pavilion for visitor services, repairs to the historic Roundhouse, and improved trail connections, signage and wayfinding.

Also see 75th Anniversary official website

 
 

One-page updates on these projects available at Open House:

 

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