The land north of the Cliff House near the old Sutro Baths is getting a multi-million-dollar facelift by the National Park Service and local philanthropists. This historic area in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge will get new trails, catwalks and other features, making it more accessible to millions of visitors.
Officially, Alcatraz is a national park. The non-profit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has renovated the site and opened new areas to the public for the first time.
It is springtime on Alcatraz, and for the first time in years the flowers are blooming in a garden once tended by some of the most dangerous prisoners in the country.
The Haas, Jr. Fund's donation will go to scenic overlooks, 24 miles of trails and the city's only campground to help turn former Army base into recreation destination
At a time when many national parks are eliminating programs and delaying maintenance, our own Golden Gate National Recreation Area is flourishing. Part of the reason is a non-profit group now celebrating its 25th anniversary. A look at one of the Park Service's most successful partnerships.