Press Coverage

Read our archive of selected press coverage about the Parks Conservancy.

Park Ranger in The Portal
San Francisco Chronicle

What a difference a year makes. Last September, all eyes were on the bay for the America's Cup, starring Larry Ellison. This year, we're casting our glances in the same direction to Alcatraz, for the exhibition of the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

National Post

In an upcoming landmark exhibition, set to open Sept. 24, off San Francisco Bay in the off-limits areas of the former prison Alcatraz, Ai will present a show cheekily titled “@Large” a reference to the area’s heritage of incarceration, Ai’s own flight from China’s clandestine security apparatus, and the artist’s persistent and active use of Twitter to disrupt China’s forces of censorship that have long dogged his efforts to promote increased respect for human rights in the Asian country.

Complex Art+Design

Finally, details about Ai Weiwei's exhibition on Alcatraz Island have been released. Arguably the most anticipated show of the year, "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" will see seven original, site-specific installations strewn throughout four spots on the island, For-Site Foundation revealed. The whole idea behind staging the show at the former prison turned national park is to prompt viewers to question the world's current state of human rights.


Celebrated Chinese dissident, architect and artist Ai Weiwei's highly anticipated exhibition "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" will open this fall on September 27th and run through the end of April 2015. The exhibition will feature seven site-specific installations in four different locations on the former federal prison island, three of which are not normally open to the sightseeing public.


Workers will begin assembling @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz in buildings that are part of the old military and federal prison in late August. It’s a perfect venue for an artist who has riled government officials in Beijing to the point of his own imprisonment.

San Francisco Chronicle

Tickets to "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" will go on sale June 27. The show, which will feature seven site-specific installations by the Chinese conceptual artist and political activist Ai Weiwei, opens Sept. 27.

National Geographic

In this installment of BioBlitz 2014 video coverage, we highlight the taxonomists whose job it is to find and identify species, and to organize the wide variety of life on earth.

San Francisco Chronicle

BioBlitz 2014: volunteers have 24 hours, from noon Friday through noon Saturday, to inventory living things - plants, animals, insects, fungi, even bacteria - in the vast Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The goal is to add to the park's official species list and to stress the importance of protecting biodiversity.

Marin Independent Journal

A new consortium, dubbed the 'Tamalpais Lands Collaborative" or TLC, will see the National Park Service, California State Parks, the Marin Municipal Water District and Marin County join forces to nurture and help restore Mount Tamalpais in the coming years.

San Francisco Chronicle

Four government agencies and a nonprofit support group--the National Park Service, California State Parks, the Marin Municipal Water District and the county of Marin--have bonded together in an unusual agreement to help preserve and protect Mount Tamalpais, Marin County's signature mountain.

San Jose Mercury News

Muir Beach will be once again open to the public after undergoing a six-month, $4 million revamp.

ABC Local

The Marin County beach reopened Saturday after getting a $4 million facelift that includes a new parking lot, new restrooms, restored wetlands and an extended bridge overlooking the wetlands, according to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.