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Located just northeast of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Baker is a former Army base that was repurposed for a bold 21st century vision.
When the site was decommissioned as part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1995, its reuse presented a number of challenges. As a former military installation, it had dozens of historic buildings to be preserved and restored to their former glory. It also included incompatible modern buildings scattered throughout the site in various states of disrepair, several subterranean layers of outdated infrastructure that had been incompletely mapped, truckloads of contaminated soil requiring removal, and critical natural habitat in need of restoration—as well as a mandate for the park site to be financially self-supporting.
Through a unique private-public-nonprofit partnership, Fort Baker was transformed into a vibrant national park site. The National Park Service and Parks Conservancy led the site restoration, and the Fort Baker Retreat Group was selected through a competitive bidding process to develop and operate a new, environmentally sustainable resort and conference center: Cavallo Point-The Lodge at the Golden Gate. In the future, potential options for the sea wall at Fort Baker will be explored, with a focus on sea level rise adaptation and resilience.
The Post-to-Park transformation of Fort Baker has received the following awards and recognition:
In addition to donations from thousands of individual community members, the revitalization of Fort Baker was made possible thanks to support from: