GGNRA- NPS’s #1 Visited Site with 15.2 Million Yearly Visitors Protected By 48 USPP Officers- Dangerous Understaffing

In 2018, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) had approximately 15.2 million visitors making it the most visited area in the National Park Service. The most visited parts of this area are patrolled by only 48 United States Park Police Officers (USPP). Twenty-two of those 48 are in uniformed patrol assignments. USPP Officers in this area not only have the usual park responsibilities they also patrol the private residences, businesses, and schools in the Presidio/GGNRA. Though traffic, population, and visitation have vastly increased over the last 4 decades, the U. S. Park Police has about the same number of officers that they had when they started operations in the GGNRA in the mid-1970s. The reckless understaffing of the USPP by the bureaucrats of the NPS endangers everyone who visits the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Simply put, the USPP isn’t provided with the resources needed to patrol the GGNRA safely and effectively.

GGNRA Regains Top Spot As Most Visited Site In National Park System

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The Golden Gate National Recreation Area regained the top spot as the most visited site in the National Park System in 2018, officials announced Tuesday. The recreation area, which includes Crissy Field, Muir Woods and Alcatraz led the system in visitation with 15.2 million visitors, beating the Blue Ridge Parkway and its 14.8 million visitors.

National Park Service visitation tops 318 million in 2018 – Office of Communications (U.S. National Park Service)

News Release Date: March 5, 2019 Contact: WASHINGTON – Visitation to America’s national parks in 2018 exceeded 300 million recreation visits for the fourth consecutive year. The 318.2 million recreation visits total is the third highest since record keeping began in 1904.