Fort Mason Community Gardeners,
Makeup workday postponed to April 7th
On Tuesday, we were alerted by the National Park Service (NPS) of a First Amendment event in Fort Mason's Great Meadow organized by "Bernie2020". This event (rally) is expected to draw about 5000 to 8000 people and is expected to significantly disrupt traffic and parking at the garden (as well as all of the Fort Mason area) on Sunday.
I consulted with the NPS and then with the garden board on the appropriate action to take. Given the potential impact this event will likely have on the entire area surrounding Upper Fort Mason, we decided it would be most prudent to postpone the workday we had scheduled for this coming Sunday. We apologize for this late change. We are hoping that this enables more people to attend the makeup day on April 7 than would have been able to get to the garden this coming Sunday.
Makeup workday is now Sunday, April 7.
Starts at 9 and ends at 12. Please no not forget to sign in by 9:30.
As usual, there will not be a meeting or lunch at the makeup day.
Please let me know if you have any feedback or other issues regarding this change. The original notification from the NPS is below.
FMCG Board President
Dear park staff and partners-
Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a popular location for Special Park Uses of all types and sizes, as well as First Amendment activities. Because of its proximity to an urban area, GGNRA receives and processes over 1000 special park uses per year.
We are required to consider and approve all First Amendment permit requests which do not impact park resources, as stated on our park website:
Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are rights protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. People may exercise these rights peacefully in national parks, but the National Park Service retains as its highest priority the protection of park visitors and resources. Therefore, the National Park Service requires a permit for most First Amendment activities in order to establish the location, time, number of participants, and other general conditions under which such events may occur. The content of First Amendment activities is not regulated, and the opinions expressed by permittees do not necessarily reflect the vision, mission and/or policy of the National Park Service. First Amendment permits are issued at no cost to the permittee.
Please pass the word to partners and community members that a large First Amendment activity will occur in the Great Meadow, at Upper Fort Mason, this coming Sunday, March 24. The event organizer is "Bernie2020" and as they have reported to the media their First Amendment activity will consist of a public "rally" of from 5000-8000 people.
Please advise your partners and community members to expect traffic delays in the area around Upper and Lower Fort Mason. The area around the event location will remain open to the public, however parking in upper Fort Mason will be restricted to residents and NPS/Conservancy staff.
The original proposed location for this event was Crissy Field, however it was ruled out by park staff due to potential damage due to wet turf conditions. An incident management team has been established to ensure public safety and protection of park resources during this activity.
If you receive questions about how and why the park manages Special Use Permits for these types of activities please refer them to the park website: https://www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/specialparkuses.htm.
Chief, Communications and External Affairs
Golden Gate National Recreation Area