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Press Releases

August 25, 2021
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service today commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Parks Conservancy and the 105th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service with the unveiling of a several year rehabilitation of a previously closed and grown over historic garden on the bluff of historic Fort Mason, Black Point historic gardens.

Making people’s lives better through coffee at one of the world’s most iconic & visited sites

June 28, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - June 24, 2021 -- As the Bay Area re-emerges & re-assesses what matters most, Equator’s refresh of the historic Round House Cafe will offer a renewed outlook at one of the most historic crossroads in the world. With a spectacular vantage point of the Golden Gate...
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House speaks during the National Park Service-Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the revitalization of Crissy Field on May

Once an army airfield, Crissy Field was transformed in 2001 into a one of the most popular outdoor spaces in San Francisco

May 6, 2021
Today, the National Park Service - Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy commemorated the 20th anniversary of the revitalization of Crissy Field with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House.
Katherine Toy

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Executive Katherine Toy Appointed to California State Park and Recreation Commission

May 20, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom has appointed Katherine Toy, Executive Vice President of Partnerships and Programs at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, to the State Park and Recreation Commission.
Warming Hut and the Golden Gate Bridge

Visitors to enjoy refreshed park stores and welcoming meeting spots

January 17, 2020
After much thought and careful consideration, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy made the difficult decision to close our kitchen operations and the cafes that serve visitors and community members at the Warming Hut on Crissy Field and the Round House, located in the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza.

Press Coverage

A Ferruginous Hawk is captured flying past Hawk Hill in November of 2016.
KALW Local Public Radio

For nearly 40 years, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory at the Parks Conservancy has collaborated with the National Parks Service to track the migratory patterns of these birds – collectively known as raptors – with the mission of inspiring their preservation throughout California.

A sunset view overlooking Lands End, the ruins of Sutro Baths, and the ocean.
The San Francisco Standard

Sutro Lands End Partners, LLC has been awarded a 20-year lease for the former Cliff House restaurant space, which is inside Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The partners will revive the space as well as the café inside the Lands End Visitors Center operated by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Fog rolling over forest at Mount Tamalpais
The Mercury News

A task force commissioned by Gov. Newsom has unveiled a new online tool that it says will provide a first-of-its-kind map showing all forest and fire prevention work completed in California. 

“The dashboard that the task force has developed is very much in line with the types of tools we’ve been developing regionally to support cross-jurisdictional and landscape-level projects,” Danny Franco, senior project manager with the Parks Conservancy, said.

Nicki Phelps stands on Alcatraz Island with a view of San Francisco behind her.
National Park Service

Nicki Phelps, Vice President of Visitor Programs and Services at the Parks Conservancy, was the recepient of the 2022 James V. Murfin Award for Cooperating Associations and Partnerships which recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to improve and strengthen the 100-year partnership between the National Park Service and cooperating associations.

Fern Creek Trail
SF Gate

The main entrance to Muir Woods, which features the Muir Woods Visitor Center, is on Muir Woods Road — a winding road down to the valley floor from Panoramic Highway above. While you do need a Muir Woods parking reservation if you want to park your car in the lot at the entrance, you don't need a reservation to actually enter Muir Woods.