The City of San Francisco entrusted hundreds of acres of its parklands and all but one of its beaches to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with the promise that local park and recreational uses (including off-leash recreation) would be maintained.
According to the Honorable Phillip Burton:
"The proposal for the Golden Gate National RECREATION Area of which I am the author ... began with the objective of taking the open space of the surplus military installations at the Golden Gate and combining it with adjacent and CITY AND STATE PARKS INTO A RECREATION AREA FOR THE 4.7 MILLION PEOPLE OF THE METROPOLITAN REGION.... What we are seeking to preserve is the dramatic coastal seashore of Marin County ... CLOSER TO THE CITY, IN SAN FRANCISCO, A BELT OF PARKS WOULD BE MUCH MORE INTENSIVELY USED FOR RECREATION." (August 9, 1971)
However, the National Park Service has increasingly moved away from the recreational mandate for the parklands of San Francisco and has steadily removed lands from promised off-leash recreation.
For a brief chronology of the erosion of off-leash recreation in the GGNRA, please go to PAGE FIVE of the NEWSLETTER.
Click here to go to a petition supporting a special rule for continued off-leash recreation in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area