Preserving the Golden Gate
By Marion Harmon
Photos by Beiron Andersson
The Golden Gate. Perhaps one of the most widely recognized sights in the world. Yet what isn’t commonly known is that it’s the midpoint of a 76,000-acre park called the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). This spectacular greenway, stretching 80 miles north to south, encompasses rugged coastlines, towering redwoods, famous forts, and an infamous prison.
Established as an urban national park by Congress in 1972, the GGNRA is managed by the National Park Service (NPS), with the Presidio Trust managing the historic heart of the Presidio. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit partner to both agencies. With a wide network of public-private partners and a vision of involving the surrounding community as supporters and volunteers, the GGNRA has been called the “archetype of a national park in the 21st century” by the Department of the Interior.
Coordinating efforts among three different agencies at one of the largest urban parklands in the world is no simple task, but the GGNRA has been successful largely because the staff in each agency is committed to the project. And at the middle of those collaborative efforts are a number of Chico alums, including Terry Kreidler, Allison Stone, Abby Sue Fisher, and Cody Fyotek.
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