Open House in Marin

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

GGNRA Open House in Marin

Tuesday, July 16th 2013 at 4:30-6:30pm

Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway Blvd., Sausalito, CA 94965

Dear Park Friend,

You are invited to join us for the Annual Golden Gate National Recreation Area Open House held in Marin at the Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito, on July 16. Come anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to meet park staff and Park Partners to discuss and provide your input on the projects listed below.

You can click on the topic titles for more information. If a link is not provided please email to request information.

Temporary Marine Closure Around Alcatraz

From July 3 to September 22, 2013, a temporary 500 foot marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the waters around Alcatraz Island to all vessels except for Alcatraz ferries. This is to protect the nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing.

Projects / Topics

Project Headlands Road and Trail Improvements

Learn more about Phase 2, which began in February, 2013, and will continue throughout the year. Hear about planned detours and delays, as well as completed projects. This is the final phase of this multi-year project that is improving 11-miles of roads, trails and parking lots in the Marin Headlands.

Muir Beach is Closed for Construction:

Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach Update

The next big phase has begun, which includes the replacement of the parking lot in a new alignment that allows restoration of Redwood Creek's natural floodplain.*Access to Muir Beach is CLOSED during construction, July 8 through November, 2013. There are no services or restrooms available at Muir Beach at this time.*

SMCSD Facility Upgrade Project at Fort Baker

The Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District (SMCSD), in coordination with NPS, will release an Environmental Assessment/ Initial Study for public review and comment in Spring 2013. The project would upgrade the SMCSD's wastewater treatment facility at Fort Baker.

Muir Woods Transportation and Access Planning

The GGNRA is in the process of planning for more active management of transportation and access to Muir Woods National Monument. There is an immediate need to address traffic, natural resource, visitor experience, and safety impacts related to growing visitor demand at the monument. This demand has risen to levels that frequently exceed the capacity of the area, causing traffic and parking conditions that are unsafe and undesirable for visitors, and natural resource impacts to Redwood Creek, which is critical habitat for federally listed threatened and endangered species (Steelhead Trout and Coho Salmon). Planning is underway and will begin a public NEPA process with scoping planned for summer 2013. Existing conditions, resource maps, and other info will be presented at the open house and the planning team will be available for discussion.

Become a National Park Service Volunteer in Marin

Share your love and enthusiasm for your National Parks by becoming a volunteer. What better way to ensure the protection of the parks than by becoming a volunteer and helping others discover the fascinating history, beautiful landscape, and abundance of recreational opportunities that are part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Stop by and visit with Ranger Sarah at the Open House to discuss volunteer opportunities in Marin or for more information on volunteering at GGNRA.

Marin Headlands Tennessee Valley and Redwood Creek Nurseries- Grow With Us!

Come grow with us! The three Marin Nurseries and team of staff and volunteers are growing 60,000 plants this year for preservation and restoration projects from Ft. Baker to Olema. Learn more about the program and how you can be part of it.

Public Transportation to Marin Headlands and Muir Woods

NPS has worked with SF Municipal Transportation Agency and Marin Transit to expand and improve service on MUNI's Route 76 to the Marin Headlands, and Marin Transit's Route 66 to Muir Woods. Saturday Route 76 service began in November 2012 as part of a two year long Transit Effectiveness Project pilot.

Future Muir Beach Bus Stops

New bus stops will be constructed during the spring of 2014, on Hwy 1 near the intersection of Pacific Way. They will provide the infrastructure necessary to improve public transportation services to Muir Beach.

Dias Ridge Trail Connector—Phase II

This project will construct approximately ¼ mile of multi-use trail parallel to Hwy 1 in Muir Beach, connecting the Dias Ridge trail junction at Golden Gate Dairy with the Redwood Creek Trail near the intersection of Frank Valley Road and Hwy 1. Preliminary designs will be shared at the Open House. NPS is seeking funding to complete design and compliance for future construction of this link.

Point Reyes National Seashore—Verizon Wireless Proposed Cellular Communications Facility, Point Reyes Hill—Scoping

Verizon Wireless has proposed a cell tower in the Point Reyes National Seashore near Mount Vision where an FAA site and Marin County Emergency communication antennae have been for many years.The NPS is now in the initial stage of the NEPA review process called the scoping period. During this 45-day scoping period, the NPS is soliciting comments from the public and other agencies on the range of issues, potential environmental impacts and alternatives to the proposal that should be considered in the EA.


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Coming Soon. . .

Final GGNRA/Muir Woods General Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement release planned for this fall.

Future Public Meetings:

  • The Marin County Equestrian Plan
  • Dog Management in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Sign language interpreters, assisted listening devices, agendas in large print, Braille, or audio formats can be made available by request. To request alternate formats and for information on accessibility assistance, please email

or call (415) 561-4700 by July 9.

Public Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 19th 2013 at 4:30-6:30pm

Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123

Topics to be announced the first week of November.

GGNRA Planning

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