GGNRA management plan open for input until late Friday
The National Park Service will take input until late Friday night on its general plan for managing the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the network of federally owned Bay Area open space that includes Ocean Beach and Fort Funston.
The GGNRA General Management Plan is a broad, high-level plan intended to guide the management of the GGNRA — a part of the federal National Park system — over the next 20 years.
The Park Service has been preparing the draft plan for the past five years, and has presented it at public workshops and other meetings in communities near GGNRA lands. In 2008 the NPS collected approximately 1,500 comments about the direction of the plant that it used to shape the current draft.
The GGNRA also is in the process of establishing a more specific plan to address the presence of dogs on its lands. That plan has drawn strong opposition from many dog owners, who say that it pushes dog-walking out of all but a fraction of the areas where people have brought their pets for years.
The draft General Management Plan has aroused the anger of dog owners’ advocacy groups as well. The San Francisco Dog Owners Group has urged its members to condemn the general plan as biased and flawed, and argues that recreation should be the primary purpose of the GGNRA, not environmental preservation or an experience like that found in other national parks.
The NPS will accept online comments on the General Management Plan until 10:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time Friday, Dec. 9.
After the NPS processes all the comments it receives, it will publish a report on them next year. The NPS is scheduled to adopt a final General Management Plan in 2013.