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Massive blue whale sculpture, made from discarded plastic, makes a splash on Crissy Field

Whales are common recurring characters in the waters along Crissy Field, but this October, one (artificial) leviathan will be making landfall. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Blue Whale art exhibit on Crissy Field will challenge everyday visitors to examine their plastic consumption and the health of our oceans. See when it’s making its debut. >> more >>

October 2018 | Leave a comment

Crissy Field then and now: Interactives show transformation from concrete to beloved parklands

Crissy Field is seen before its transformation from concrete to urban oasis, seen here in a 1997 file photo.

Remember when Crissy Field was a barren parking lot with tumbleweeds rolling through? Interactive sliders show just how much it’s changed for the better, as we look to the future with Crissy Field Next. Play around with the before and after images to see the change. more >>

October 2018 | Leave a comment

Viewfinders: Youth capture fun, striking images during summer programs at Crissy Field Center

An image taken by Crissy Field summer program participant Jasmin Martinez.

These amateur artists were new to DSLR photography before they came through the Crissy Field Center, which makes their heartwarming, hilarious, and artistic shots all the more incredible. See their images and hear their stories. more >>

September 2018 | Leave a comment

Electric bike share in the Presidio: Info, rules of the road for JUMP bikes

Electric bike share is coming to the Presidio, provided by JUMP bikes.

Electric bikes have arrived at the Presidio, the first national park in the West to offer the service. JUMP dockless e-bikes make conquering the Presidio's hills easy and fun. more >>

September 2018 | Leave a comment

Summer of restoration, backpacking, and bonding: The rewarding LINC program, in high schoolers' own words

The LINC program's Packing the Parks trek from Stinson Beach to Crissy Field in July 2018.

These 40 high schoolers spent the summer in the Golden Gate National Parks through our intensive LINC youth leadership program. Here, in their own words, is their adventure: From restoring local habitat to their final four-day hike as the two groups “transformed into … one collection of humans treasuring the beautiful area we live in, and most importantly, one family.” more >>

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Final Alcatraz reunion: From escape attempts to Santa, the best stories shared about life on the Rock

Former guard Jim Albright at the final Alcatraz reunion

Several former guards and other Alcatraz residents embodied the living history of the island at the last formal reunion of the Alcatraz Alumni Association. The association faces dwindling numbers, and this was the last of many formal gatherings on the Rock. But the stories of Alcatraz residents will still be told in several different forms. more >>

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Fall 2018 guide for the hip and happening

From a howlin’ good time to a family-friendly festival celebrating Crissy Field, from hawk-watching to dancing, this fall is chock-full of fun in our parks. Here’s your handy guide to “Summer: The Sequel,” an action-packed thriller filled with events in your Golden Gate National Parks. more >>

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Crissy Field's next chapter: How you can help a beloved San Francisco park take flight

Crissy Field Next

Almost 20 years ago, Crissy Field underwent a major transformation from parking lot to beloved park. Today, parts of the park are in need of repair and rehabilitation, while other areas hold potential not yet realized. Help its future take flight by participating in the Crissy Field Next project, and join us for Crissy Field Day on October 20! more >>

September 2018 | Leave a comment

'This is your land': Special naturalization ceremony at Crissy Field connects young people to parks, public spaces

Young people participate in a special citizenship ceremony at Crissy Field on August 17, 2018. The ceremony honored 32 new U.S. citizens, who received proof of citizenship along with a copy of

In a special ceremony at Crissy Field, 32 young people were honored as new U.S. citizens and the next generation of public lands and public library users. They heard from Dave Eggers, who said “this country’s greatness depends on you,” and viewed the nearby StoryWalk featuring Eggers’ “Her Right Foot.” more >>

August 2018 | Leave a comment

Radhaus and the best places to get a beer with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge

A Fort Point beer seen at a 2016 Trail Mixer in the Presidio.

The sparkling new Fort Mason beer hall isn't the only spot in the Golden Gate National Parks to grab a beer and soak in the bridge view. Check out some of our picks for the best spots to enjoy the happiest of hours in our parks. more >>

August 2018 | Leave a comment


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