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April 20, 2017
Bay Area National Parks generated $1 billion in economic benefit to local communities in 2016
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 26 million visitors to national parks in the San Francisco Bay Area spent $823 million in local communities in 2016. That spending supported 10,497 local jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of more than $1 billion.

April 12, 2017
National Park Week Begins April 15
Week-long celebration includes one of country’s largest “Park Prescription Day” events, April 23

April 10, 2017
Aging water and wastewater lines at Muir Woods National Monument set for rehabilitation
As the National Park Service enters its second century, a family of projects is underway to improve the visitor experience at Muir Woods and ensure the health of the Redwood Creek watershed into the future.

April 03, 2017
Planning for improved salmon habitat and footbridges moves forward at Muir Woods National Monument
New pedestrian bridges for visitors and improved habitat for endangered Coho salmon are on deck for Muir Woods National Monument.

March 13, 2017
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Tops List of Most Visited National Parks During a Record-Breaking Year
More than 19 million people visited Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 2016, including 2.3 million that visited Fort Point National Historic Site and 1.1 million that visited Muir Woods National Monument.

March 09, 2017
Trail Improvements Coming to Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands
Beginning March 27, a National Park Service trail crew will re-align the existing Hawk Hill Trail, construct low retaining walls and railings, and rehabilitate disturbed areas.

March 01, 2017
New Fire Rings Welcome Return of Recreational Fires to Ocean Beach
The season for recreational fires begins today at Ocean Beach in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. New fire rings installed today will welcome visitors to enjoy s’mores and sunsets on the beach once again.

February 13, 2017
Smoother, drier Crissy Field Promenade on the way
Loved by more than 18 million visitors since it opened in 2001, the multi-use Crissy Field Promenade is about to get some much needed TLC.

January 23, 2017
National Park Service Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement for Alcatraz Ferry Embarkation
The Final EIS evaluates four alternatives for a ferry embarkation site and identifies Pier 31½ as the Preferred Alternative.

January 19, 2017
GGNRA Announces Leadership Team Appointments
Carey Feierabend has been named acting deputy superintendent; Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles has been appointed acting director of communications and partnerships.

January 18, 2017
Parking & Access to Sites Near Golden Gate Bridge Limited Friday, Jan. 20
Thousands are expected for a free speech event at the Golden Gate Bridge.

January 11, 2017
New Presidio Visitor Center Debuts Saturday, February 25
The landmark facility is a partnership with the Presidio Trust and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

January 10, 2017
National Park Service Places Hold on Rule for Dog Management at Golden Gate National Recreation Area
The decision comes in response to requests from members of Congress to extend the waiting period for the Final Environmental Impact Statement. This pause will also allow the National Park Service to conduct a review of certain records being released in response to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request related to the park’s Dog Management plan and rule.

December 27, 2016
Holidays Lead to Marin Headlands Congestion; Tunnel Project Dates Updated
Expect two hour delays while visiting the Marin Headlands afternoons Dec. 24 - Jan. 1. Tunnel preservation project now scheduled to commence Jan. 9.

December 19, 2016
Muir Woods Reservation System Now Open for Proposals
The reservation system will alleviate congestion and is scheduled to commence Fall 2017.

December 13, 2016
Hands Abound to Help Coho Salmon
A project to aid endangered salmon in Redwood Creek marks a success.

December 09, 2016
GGNRA Chief Ranger Randy Lavasseur Named Superintendent of San Juan National Historic Site
Lavasseur departs for his new leadership position in Puerto Rico in January.

December 08, 2016
Golden Gate National Recreation Area Releases Final Environmental Impact Statement with Preferred Alternative for Dog Management
GGNRA enters the final stages of development for a dog management plan.

November 29, 2016
Port of San Francisco & National Park Service Announce Milestone for Alcatraz Embarkation Point
A 30-year use agreement with two 10-year extensions will bring longevity and improvements to the visitor experience visiting Alcatraz Island.

November 28, 2016
Craig Kenkel Named Acting General Superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
The superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park will serve as acting superintendent of GGNRA beginning mid-December.

November 18, 2016
Baker-Barry Tunnel Preservation Project to Begin January 2
A preservation project to improve the Baker-Barry Tunnel will lead to a five-month closure beginning Jan. 2.

November 04, 2016
NPS Releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project
A 30-day public comment period is now open for a project related to parking, transit, and pedestrian access at Muir Woods.

October 27, 2016
Point Bonita Lighthouse Reopens with Improved Safety Railing and New Exhibits
The Marin Headlands landmark is welcoming visitors again after a two-month closure for safety improvements.

October 26, 2016
GGNRA Interim Superintendent Aaron Roth Named to NPS Associate Regional Director Position
GGNRA's interim superintendent has been named associate regional director for Facilities and Lands for the Intermountain Region (IMR) of the National Park Service.

October 11, 2016
No Burn Season Starts Nov. 1 at Ocean Beach
A four-month period without recreational fires will improve the health and cleanliness of Ocean Beach.

October 04, 2016
Oct 30 Access Forum
The Berkeley forum seeks public input on various accessibility topics.

October 03, 2016
Fleet Week 2016: Traffic Advisory and Public Safety Notice
Plan ahead to take public transportation to enjoy Fleet Week 2016, and remember, "If you see something, say something."

September 15, 2016
Sept 20 Mill Valley Meeting
The project at Muir Woods National Monument would restore habitat in Redwood Creek for aquatic life, including the federally threatened Coho salmon.

September 14, 2016
Oct 5 Ribbon Cutting
National Park Service ribbon-cuttings celebrate improvements to Milagra Battery Trail & Old Mori Trail in Pacifica.

September 12, 2016
Stinson Beach Improvements
A four-month construction phase will bring improved picnic areas and beach access.

September 08, 2016
Every Kid in a Park Pass Returns
The national parks pass for fourth graders returns for a new school year.

August 23, 2016
Founder's Day 2016
Golden Gate National Recreation Area offers tips for marking the NPS Centennial in the Bay Area.

August 16, 2016
China Beach fire
China Beach in Golden Gate National Recreation Area will remain closed pending investigation and repairs following a structure fire on August 15.

February 09, 2015
New General Management Plan Signed for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods
The National Park Service is pleased to announce that Regional Director Christine Lehnertz has signed the Record of Decision for the General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (GMP) for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including Alcatraz Island, and Muir Woods National Monument. This action authorizes Golden Gate National Recreation Area to implement the new GMP. The plan replaces the 1980 general management plan which effectively guided the park for more than three decades.


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