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 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.
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 Welcome Center >>
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.
Lands End Coastal Trail and Lookout >>
This major revitalization has entailed restoring habitat, improving forest health, opening vistas, creating overlooks, enhancing trail experiences, and building a new visitor center.
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.
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 Coastal Trail Bike/Pedestrian Bridge >>
A new ADA-accessible bicycle/pedestrian bridge links the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge to the Presidio Coastal Trail, while protecting historic batteries.
Presidio Promenade >>
The 2.1-mile Presidio Promenade is a major east-west trail bringing visitors from the park's urban edge at the Lombard Gate to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Redwood Creek at Muir Beach >>
The 46-acre project site is the most disturbed area of the Redwood Creek Watershed, which flows through Muir Woods to Muir Beach. The National Park Service and Parks Conservancy are working to restore its natural vitality.
Rodeo Valley Trail >>
The multi-use Rodeo Valley Trail winds through the heart of the Marin Headlands, and is edged by grassy, wind-swept hillsides. Recent improvements include realigned segments and bridges to protect restored wetlands.
Wolfback Ridge >>
The Park Stewardship program has focused on removing invasive plants to restore the Mission Blue butterfly habitat at this site in Marin County.