America's Cup Races

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Date: July 19, 2011
Contact: Alexandra Picavet , 415-786-8021

The lands of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area constitute natural viewing platforms from which to watch the America’s Cup races in 2012 and 2013. The National Park Service has been working with the City and race organizers to assure that this exciting international event, which will be viewed by millions of people worldwide, is conducted in a way that protects the resources of the park and provides for the best possible visitor safety and enjoyment.

Recent media stories have interpreted the City’s DEIR to indicate that Alcatraz and Fort Baker will be private venues during the races. This is incorrect. All lands and facilities in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including Alcatraz and Fort Baker, will remain open to the public throughout the entire period of the races. Any private activities connected to the America’s Cup races will be permitted only under the same conditions as other special events in the park.

The National Park Service has entered into discussions with the City and race organizers, but we have not yet received any permit applications or formal proposals for specific uses of parklands. Prior to issuing any Special Use Permit for use of parklands and facilities, the NPS will review a "final project description and proposal" from the City and race organizers under the National Environmental Policy Act. As a result of this review, conditions governing race uses will be incorporated into a Special Use Permit.

The federal review process will begin with Public Scoping in August 2011. Notice of the Public Scoping meeting, and other information about the federal review process, will be sent to local and regional media, and reference documents will be uploaded to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area website (www.nps.gov/goga) by August 7, 2011. Anyone wishing to receive email updates about this and other park projects may sign up by emailing www.goga_planning@nps.gov.

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