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New Waterfront Destination on Deck for Fort Baker in Marin County

A clear day at Fort Baker marina and waterfront on the bay, Golden Gate Bridge in view.
Horseshoe Cove and Fort Baker’s historic boat shop and marina complex.


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News Release Date: April 8, 2019

Contact: GGNRA Public Affairs, 415-561-4730

The National Park Service will chart a new course for an acre of waterfront land adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge in Fort Baker.

Announced today, the National Park Service (NPS) released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for prospective partners to rehabilitate Fort Baker's historic boat shop and marina complex and operate a waterfront community center at the site. This project implements the vision for the site laid out in Golden Gate National Recreation Area's 2000 Fort Baker master plan and environmental impact statement.
“This is a unique site, with stunning views of the Golden Gate Strait. It also has a rich history as a place where active military and veterans go to relax and take their boats out on the bay,” said Golden Gate National Recreation Area Superintendent Laura E. Joss. “We seek a proposal that allows the site to reach its full potential, while offering an experience that is welcoming to all.”

The project is for the redevelopment of four historic structures, with the lease of the marina as an additional optional program element. Respondents will be asked to provide a diverse mix of programs and services including, but not limited to:

  • Event venue

  • Food and beverage

  • Restrooms

  • Educational programs that may include maritime themes such as sailing and boatbuilding

  • Optional public marina that accommodates up to 60 boats primarily for day use and community programs

Fort Baker is already home to the Cavallo Point Lodge, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Travis Air Force Base Marina/Presidio Yacht Club, and US Coast Guard Station Golden Gate. Habitat restoration, trail enhancements, and infrastructure improvements have also been completed. The boat shop and marina represent the last stage of Fort Baker’s post-to-park transformation that began in 2000.
Interested parties will have a 60-day period to respond to the RFQ. NPS will select a “short list” of prospective partners to receive a more detailed Request for Proposals (RFP) in late 2019. NPS anticipates the selected partner will begin rehabilitation of the complex in 2020-21 with an expected 20-year lease for operations. The public will have opportunities to learn about the submissions during both the RFQ and RFP stages.
For more information on the Request for Qualifications release visit  or

Last updated: April 8, 2019

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