July 19, 2010

Friday, July 23, at 10 am
Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors will Discuss Potential Relationship with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

 

Click here to view PowerPoint presentation made by Greg Moore, Golden Gate Parks Conservancy at the July 23, 2010 meeting of the Board.

At the regularly scheduled meeting (10 am, Friday, July 23) of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) Board of Directors (Board), the Board will discuss entering into formal negotiations with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (Parks Conservancy) to develop a potential cooperative relationship to support and enhance visitor programs at the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge is physically located within lands under the jurisdiction of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) in both Marin County and the City and County of San Francisco. Established in 1981, the Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit partner that supports and assists the GGNRA in research, interpretation, and conservation programs. Since its inception, the Parks Conservancy has provided the GGNRA with more than $140 million in support and is recognized as one of the most effective park partners in the United States.

In recent months, the GGBHTD has informally considered the value of entering into a potential cooperative relationship with the Parks Conservancy that could enhance visitor programs and also provide for greater coordination and integration between visitor enhancements occurring within GGBHTD property and those occurring on adjacent GGNRA lands.

With the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary on May 27, 2012, the timing is right for the Board to consider entering into formal negotiations with the Parks Conservancy to develop a potential cooperative relationship that could support efforts to celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge and support long-term initiatives including the potential development of a Visitor/History Center. A cooperative relationship could also support visitor programs that emerge from the National Science Foundation grant exhibits that under development now for placement in the visitor area on the southeast side on the Bridge by May 2012.

The final recommended agreement with the Parks Conservancy would require formal Board approval prior to entering into any potential cooperative relationship.