LINC high schoolers approaching the Golden Gate at the end of their trek.

2018–2019 Accomplishments

Park Projects

Advanced the vision of a high-quality gateway to Alcatraz Island at Piers 31-33. The Alcatraz Embarkation Project moves forward after receiving unanimous approval from San Francisco’s mayor, supervisors, and Port Commission in 2018.

Determined next steps, utilizing community input, for revitalizing China Beach. The project will restore a road and retaining walls, and rehabilitate the historic bathhouse for use by the public and NPS Ocean Rescue team.

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Former Alcatraz inmates, guards, residents, and relatives who gathered at the Rock on August 12 for the last formal reunion of people from the prison era. The living history of the island was embodied in their compelling tales of island life, many of which are still captured on the award-winning Alcatraz Cellhouse Audio Tour.

Visitor Services & Interpretation

Reclaimed the top spot in NPS’ annual visitation rankings. In 2018, the Golden Gate National Parks were the highest visited of all 419 national park sites, with 17.6 million total visits!

Launched a new design for our website, with a focus on getting people out to the parks. “Find Your Park” feature, trail data, and expanded event listings among the many new features.

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One Tam hike through Muir Woods with Latino OutdoorsONE TAM hike through Muir Woods with Latino Outdoors

Education Programs

Expanded the popular Migratory Story school program, which brought 210 students to Hawk Hill to learn about raptors and human migration in 2018. The Crissy Field Center will offer a new summer camp to participating Migratory Story schools in 2019.

Trekked from Stinson Beach to Crissy Field with 40 Linking Individuals to their Natural Community (LINC) high schoolers, who spent the summer of 2018 doing restoration stewardship in the parks.

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Eagles spotted in one hour at Hawk Hill by volunteers with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, a record for a single hour. And it happened twice in the fall of 2018.

Restoration & Conservation

Mapped Marin County vegetation types using aerial imagery. The Marin County Vegetation Map, to be completed in 2021, will help One Tam partner agencies make key stewardship and planning decisions.

Worked with One Tam and community partners to adapt the marsh ecosystem and multi-use path at Bothin Marsh to sea level rise. This project will model how innovative, nature-based techniques can support adaptation here and around the Bay Area.

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2018 Awards & Honors

AIA San Francisco bestows Community Alliance Award on Parks Conservancy for “significant contributions to the improvement of the Bay Area’s built environment.”

Greg Moore honored with Silver SPUR Award, recognizing “individuals whose achievements have made San Francisco and the Bay Area a better place to live and work.”

Alcatraz Island named top landmark in the United States in TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Conservancy honored by San Francisco State University with 2018 Community Partnership Award for Excellence in Service Learning.

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Garden tours at Alcatraz Gardens, flourishing thanks to the help of 830 volunteers. In 2019 we launched a new push for volunteers to give a similar makeover to Black Point in Fort Mason, which will open a pathway from Maritime National Historical Park to Fort Mason.

Community Programs

Transported hundreds of people to the parks via free community shuttles. Thanks to the Greg Moore Parks For All Fund, people from programs like Hamilton House and Clinica Esperanza gained access to the parks they normally wouldn’t have.

Connected 433 people to the parks via free library shuttles in conjunction with San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Stride. In surveys, 93 percent reported positive park experiences they would recommend to a friend.

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Images processed, with the help of volunteers, in three years of the Marin Wildlife Picture Index Project. One Tam’s wildlife camera data helps compose a broader portrait of the landscape’s health, connectivity, and resilience.

Social Impact

Tracked impressive growth of the Park Prescription movement, which encourages physical activity and time spent in nature, via the ParkRx Census. We found 71 ParkRx programs nationwide, up from eight in 2010, when the Conservancy’s Institute at the Golden Gate started leading ParkRx.

Inspired change through Art in the Parks programs. In addition to the Blue Whale exhibit on Crissy Field, launched Future IDs at Alcatraz in early 2019, featuring artwork by and with individuals who have conviction histories, using IDs as a template for hope.

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