In our 30 years as the nonprofit partner of the Golden Gate National Parks, we’ve left our mark on these parklands. You can see the impact of our work—and the community’s passionate support—around every bend in the trail, on every park bench, at every overlook, and across every landscape restored with native plants.
Take a detailed tour of some of our notable project sites, soak up these summary stats, and then pat yourself on the back. You made all of this possible.
Sample of Parks Conservancy Accomplishments (1981–2011):
- More than 1.5 million native plants grown; 111 different restoration sites.
- 1,491 acres at the Presidio saved as national parkland.
- 350 acres of Fort Baker preserved as a national park.
- More than 100 historic structures rehabilitated or interpreted.
- 100 acres of shoreline park created at Crissy Field.
- 35 new park entrance signs installed.
- 34 indigenous archeological sites in the park managed in partnership with native people.
- 33 endangered and threatened species protected through habitat restoration and preservation.
- 6 park sites adopted by Park Stewardship teams.
- 5 Presidio overlooks constructed.
- 4 park visitor centers.
- 3 cafes.
Check out the completed projects below for more information:
Batteries to Bluffs Trail >>
This dramatic 3,600-foot pedestrian trail traverses the wild, coastal bluffs of the Presidio and takes sure-footed hikers from the cliffs down to the rocky shore.
Bay Area Ridge Trail at the Presidio >>
The Bay Area Ridge Trail is an epic planned 550-mile multi-use trail around San Francisco Bay. The Presidio leg links the park's highest points, from Arguello Gate to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Bay Trail at Fort Mason >>
This project improved visitor the experience and safety for visitors along the Fort Mason segment of the Bay Trail at the corner of Laguna and Bay in San Francisco (aka "the Squeeze").
Coastal Trail at Lands End >>
The California Coastal Trail Corridor at Lands End supports diverse wildlife habitat and showcases breathtaking Golden Gate views. This segment connects two popular landmarks: the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Coastal Trail at Muir Beach >>
As part of the larger Redwood Creek Restoration Project, this segment was transformed into a sustainable, multi-use trail and adjacent habitat areas restored with native vegetation.
Coastal Trail at Pirates Cove >>
Another stunning hike with connector trails in the Marin Headlands, it provides a secluded destination point for pedestrians and equestrians seeking dramatic coastal views.
Coastal Trail in the Presidio >>
Winding for three miles through the Presidio,this trail travels along the bluffs that support some of the most intact natural habitat in the park. Recent work has restored habitat, improved safety, and completed new overlooks.
Crissy Field >>
Once a military site covered with asphalt and debris, Crissy Field was transformed into a beloved national park in 2001 thanks to the generosity and energy of the community.
Dias Ridge >>
The Dias Ridge project removed the old, eroded road, and created a new multi-use trail segment that better protects the Redwood Creek Watershed below.
El Polín Spring >>
After centuries of slaking the thirst of its denizens, El Polín Spring itself has been, well, refreshed. In 2011, a dramatic phase of improvements was completed by the Presidio Trust, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and National Park Service.
Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion >>
Built in 2012 for the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, this new facility will welcome visitors, provide orientation and information services, house exhibits, and offer high-quality commemorative and interpretive merchandise.
Golden Gate Overlook >>
The new Golden Gate Overlook, with its spectacular head-on,north facing view of the Golden Gate Bridge, will open prior to the 75th Anniversary celebration in May 2012.
Lands End >>
This major revitalization has entailed restoring habitat, improving forest health, opening vistas, creating overlooks, enhancing trail experiences, and building a new visitor center.
Lands End Lookout >>
On April 28, 2012, construction of the new Lands End visitor facility was completed. Capping a series of improvements to Lands End, the 4,000-square-foot Lookout will gather and interpret the many stories of this remarkable area.
Lobos Creek >>
Once part of a vast dune system, Lobos Creek Valley was the first major restoration project in the Presidio after it became a national park in 1994.
Oakwood Valley and Alta Avenue >>
Volunteers and staff with the Park Stewardship program combat invasive species and work to restore the ecological integrity of this site located in Marin County.
Pacific Overlook >>
The new Pacific Overlook, set above the Presidio coastal bluffs, will offer visitors panoramic views of the Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean when it opens in May 2012.
Park Trail >>
Completed in May 2010, the Park Trail provides a north-south trail corridor through the Presidio, extending 1.7 miles from the 14th Avenue Gate to Crissy Field.
Parkwide Wayfinding Signage >>
A collaborative effort of the Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust, the award-winning parkwide sign plan greatly enhances visitor experiences.
Presidio Overlooks & Connector Trails >>
To ensure greater access to the park's amazing views and experiences, the Parks Conservancy, Presidio Trust, and National Park Service have constructed a series of overlooks and connector trails, made possible by the generosity of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.