Crissy Field is Going to be Locked Down this Weekend – Here are All the Rules for the “Patriot Prayer” and Protest

[UPDATE: If you want to take MUNI to the counter-protest, you’re looking at a 2.5 mile walk at the end of your trip.]

FBOW, it’s on.

Get all the deets from our National Park Service here.

And our Presidio Trust weighs in after the jump..

“First Amendment Permits | Aug 25-27

Message from GGNRA Acting General Superintendent Cicely Muldoon

August 23, 2017

The National Park Service has a long and proud tradition of being the site of peaceful expressions of people’s views under the First Amendment to the US Constitution which guarantees everyone the right to gather together and express their opinions non-violently. We cannot deny a permit to anyone planning to exercise their First Amendment rights based on their political stance or beliefs. We can deny a permit application for public safety reasons if the event raises such significant public safety concerns that law enforcement cannot manage the event.

Today, NPS is approving five First Amendment permits for people to express their views in a non-violent way this weekend in San Francisco: On August 25: “People’s Town Hall Candlelight Vigil” and “People’s Town Hall Press Conference” on Crissy Field; on August 26: “Better Angels San Francisco” and “STOP HATE human banner” on Ocean Beach, and “Patriot Prayer” on Crissy Field.

We urge those planning to attend these events to share their views in a peaceful manner, to look out for each other, and to support law enforcement personnel to keep everyone safe. NPS respects the right to free speech and in turn we expect all participants to respect one another and this beautiful national park.

Planning for Safe and Peaceful Events

Many people have expressed concerns about safety related to the Patriot Prayer event. After consultation with other law enforcement colleagues, including the San Francisco Police Department, National Park Service law enforcement believe that whether a permit is issued or not, many people will come to Crissy Field on August 26 to express their opinions. Law enforcement advised that issuing a permit will increase their ability to ensure public safety. Accordingly, the National Park Service has decided to approve the permit with significant conditions to promote the peaceful, non-violent expression of views.

National Park Service law enforcement personnel from around the country are working together with the San Francisco Police Department to ensure safe events for all participants. In particular, NPS law enforcement personnel are working very closely with the SFPD on the Patriot Prayer event. Any violence will not be tolerated.

Closures in the Presidio on August 26

To ensure public safety, portions of the Presidio and many businesses within the park will be closed to the public on August 26. Visitors to the Presidio are likely to experience traffic, road closures and other large event related impacts. We strongly encourage visitors who will not be attending the Patriot Prayer event to consider coming to the Presidio on another day.

For more detailed information on all the First Amendment permitted events in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on August 25 and 26, including the Patriot Prayer event permit restrictions and traffic plans, please visit www.nps.gov/goga. Please check back frequently, as we will be adding information throughout the week.

We are grateful for the collaboration of the San Francisco Police Department for their partnership in ensuring everyone’s safety. We also thank all of the local, state and federal public agency partners who have come to our assistance.

We welcome all to express their views by writing us at e-mail us or calling: 415-561-2822.

Sincerely,

Cicely Muldoon
Acting General Superintendent
Event information will be updated as it becomes available. Please check back frequently.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why did GGNRA approve the Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit?

The National Park Service (NPS) has listened carefully to the important concerns raised about the August 26 Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit request for Crissy Field. With public safety being our highest priority in making a decision to issue a First Amendment permit, we have thoroughly assessed the risks associated with this event in consultation with the United States Park Police (USPP), the San Francisco Police Department and other key state and federal public safety agencies.

After intensive planning and consultation with the law enforcement community, we have determined that public safety will be best served by a permitted event rather than an unpermitted event. Based on this public safety assessment, and the direction of the Constitution, the courts and National Park Service policy, we have decided to approve the final permit which is now available for viewing in our Reading Room.
Have other First Amendment permits been issued for the weekend of August 26?

In addition to the Patriot Prayer Special Use Permit, NPS has approved four other First Amendment related permit requests for people to express their views in a non-violent way this weekend in San Francisco: On August 25: “People’s Town Hall Candlelight Vigil” and “People’s Town Hall Press Conference” on Crissy Field; on August 26: “Better Angels San Francisco” and “STOP HATE human banner” on Ocean Beach, and “Patriot Prayer” on Crissy Field.
Can citizens carry guns to the Patriot Prayer permitted event?

GGNRA has the ability to exercise control over what items are allowed at a permitted event by specifying permit conditions. In the case of the Patriot Prayer permit, participants are prohibited from bringing firearms or anything that could be used as a weapon.
What items are prohibited from being brought into Crissy Field (Zone 1 – see map) on August 26?

1. Firearms

2. Aerosols / pressurized canisters

3. Ammunition

4. Animals other than working service animals

5. Backpacks and bags exceeding the size restriction of 18” by 13” by 7”

6. Bicycles

7. Balloons

8. Coolers

9. Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems

10. Explosives

11. Helmets

12. Glass, thermal or metal containers

13. Laser pointers

14. Mace / pepper spray

15. Packages

16. Selfie sticks

17. Signs exceeding the size restriction of 24” by 36” by ¼”

18. Structures

19. Supports for signs and placards including sticks of any material

20. Toy guns

21. Weapons of any kind

22. Barbeque grills, open flames, propane tanks, and tiki torches

23. Tents, canopies, and similar structures

24. Wagons or carts

25. Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards

26. Liquids (other than drinking water in factory sealed, clear plastic bottles)
Note that all event attendees are subject to federal law.
The permit along with a full list of permit conditions will be available in our Reading Room by close of business on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Can people carry guns in the GGNRA?

GGNRA adheres to all California State gun control laws. In the State of California, the open carry of firearms in public is illegal. Concealed firearms can only be carried by individuals with a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license issued only by a California county sheriff or chief of police.

However, the permit conditions for the Patriot Prayer First Amendment event prohibit firearms.

What steps is NPS taking to facilitate a safe event on August 26th?

NPS is actively working in coordination with multiple law enforcement entities including the United States Park Police, SF Police Department, SF Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and California Office of Emergency Services to put appropriate measures in place to support a safe, respectful First Amendment gathering on Crissy Field on Saturday, August 26th. This group is working together to identify appropriate staffing levels, develop a coordinated traffic plan, and plan for a gathering space that supports the parks goal of a peaceful gathering.

In order support a safe gathering on August 26, a public access plan has been developed designating two restricted zones within the Presidio: Zone 1 and Zone 2. Zone 1 is Crissy FIeld and vicinity. Zone 1 can only be accessed on foot via the Marina Gate. No vehicles are bicycles or parking are permitted in Zone 1. Zone 2 is the Main Post and vicinity. No pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, or parking is permitted in Zone 2.

What roads are closed on August 26 within the Presidio? Where am I prohibited from driving and parking?

Crissy Field will be closed to vehicles and bicycles on August 26. The Main Post will be closed to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. No parking will be available in either of these areas. See map. Major road closures include:

  • Mason Street will be closed at the Marina Gate
  • Arguello Boulevard will be closed at Washington Boulevard
  • Park Boulevard will be closed at Kobbe Avenue
  • Lincoln Boulevard will be closed at Funston Avenue and Storey/Merchant
  • Presidio Boulevard will be closed at Mesa
  • Moraga Avenue will be closed at Mesa
  • Ruckman/Storey will be available at Lincoln
  • The east Toll Plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed at Lincoln

How do I access Crissy Field on August 26?

Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). Vehicles and bicycles will not be permitted at Crissy Field on Saturday. All people entering the Presidio at the Mason Street Gate will be screened to ensure that prohibited items are not brought into Crissy Field (see list).

What transportation is available to Crissy Field on August 26?

Do not drive to this event; there will be no parking. Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). The PresidiGo Around the Park Shuttle will not be operating on this day. The nearest MUNI services to Crissy Field/Marina Boulevard Gate include the 30 and 43. The MUNI 22 and 45 drop off a farther distance from the Marina Boulevard Gate. For MUNI services available on August 26, visit the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency website at www.sfmta.com. Please check this website before making your trip to ensure you have the most current information about MUNI service.

Where can I view the Patriot Prayer permit?

The Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit application can currently be viewed in our Reading Room, the final approval permit will also be made available by close of busines Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Will the Presidio be open on the 26th?

Portions of the Presidio and many businesses within the park will be closed to the public on August 26. Visitors to the Presidio are likely to experience traffic, road closures and other large event related impacts. We strongly encourage visitors who will not be attending the First Amendment event to consider coming to the Presidio on another day.

Will businesses in the Presidio remain open?

While NPS does not require tenants close their businesses, many tenants have elected to close due to potential impacts of street and parking lot closures and crowds. Following is a list of tenant closures by park area:

AT CRISSY FIELD

Tenant Organizations (all organizations will be closed, including these public-serving tenants):

Batters Box SF

House of Air

Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center

La Petite Baleen

Planet Granite

Roaring Mouse Cycles

Sports Basement

University of San Francisco

Park-Managed Facilities

Crissy Field Center

Warming Hut

Fort Point National Historic Site and Park Store

The Portal (temporary art installation)

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

National Park Service Park Archives

AT THE MAIN POST

Tenant Organizations (all organizations will be closed, including these public-serving tenants):

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Presidio Bowling Center

Presidio Dance Theatre

Baptiste Yoga SF

Society of California Pioneers

Walt Disney Family Museum

Park-Managed Facilities

San Francisco National Cemetery

Presidio Visitor Center

Presidio Officers’ Club

Presidio Transit Center

TRANSIT Restaurant

Arguello Restaurant

The Commissary Restaurant

Andy Goldsworthy’s Tree Fall

AT THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Park-Managed Facilities

Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center

Golden Gate Bridge Café and Roundhouse Cafe

How many First Amendment permits does GGNRA issue each year?

GGNRA issues an average of 1,000 special use permits each year in the GGNRA. About 20 of those permits are identified as an “exercise of First Amendment Rights.”

How does a Special Event Permit differ from First Amendment Permit?
Special events in National Parks need to submit proof of insurance and other plans, as their use is considered a privilege, but First Amendment activities are considered a right, and many of these types of requirements are waived. The decision to waive these requirements is consistent with the US Constitution and guidance from judicial opinions, including the US Supreme Court. The National Park Service therefore does not impose financial barriers on the expression of First Amendment rights. The costs of fencing, restrooms, and NPS event monitoring costs are waived for such events.
Why did GGNRA deny a permit for the Summer of Love concert?

GGNRA did not receive or deny a permit request for the “Summer of Love” concert as Golden Gate Park is not under our federal jurisdiction. The City and County of San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department (Golden Gate Park) denied the permit.

bill of rights

“Today, the National Park Service (NPS) granted permits for people to express their views in a non-violent way at Crissy Field on Saturday, August 26. The NPS statement about the permits can be viewed on their website at www.nps.gov/goga. This website also lists public information about access, road closures, and what items may not be brought into Crissy Field during the event.

After intensive consultation with the US Park Police and regional law enforcement, the NPS concluded that sufficient support and resources exist to allow this exercise of First Amendment rights to proceed while also ensuring the safety of people and park resources. They believe that granting permits will provide for a safer environment than not granting permits.

Planning for Safe, Non-Violent Expression

A robust plan is in place to provide for public safety before, during, and after the event. This plan will allow people to participate in peaceful, non-violent assembly and free speech at Crissy Field. In order to manage the event safely, a number of restrictions will be in place at Crissy Field and elsewhere in the Presidio.

The US Park Police will close all of Crissy Field to vehicles and bicycles. Those wishing to enter Crissy Field may only do so on foot at the Marina Gate, where they will be screened to ensure that prohibited items are not brought into Crissy Field. Tenant organizations and businesses located at Crissy Field will close on that day, as will park operated visitor facilities.

On the Main Post, vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians will be prohibited. Presidio tenant organizations and visitor facilities on the Main Post will be closed, including the Presidio Visitor Center, the Officers’ Club, and restaurants. The Trust will cancel our public programs and volunteer activities throughout the Presidio on Saturday so that resources can be devoted to event management. The rest of the Presidio will remain open.

We support peaceful, non-violent, expression and the values of equity and inclusion. We urge everyone participating in events on that day to respect each other and the park. We will do all we can to support the efforts of our colleagues at the NPS to provide a safe and peaceful environment for public discourse.

The NPS will be accepting public comment by phone at (415) 561-2822 and by email at GOGA_1st_amendment@nps.gov through August 28. Again, please visit the National Park Service website at www.nps.gov/goga for information about activities at the Presidio on Saturday, August 26 – including access, road closures, and what items may be not brought into the Presidio.”

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2 Responses to “Crissy Field is Going to be Locked Down this Weekend – Here are All the Rules for the “Patriot Prayer” and Protest”

  1. […] Recently many families are asking how they can show up in response to the upcoming White Supremacist Rally planned at Crissy field on Saturday, August 26. While it is important for folks to show up at Crissy Field to resist messages of hate, this may not be a safe option for families and vulnerable communities. For those folks who are interested in going to Crissy Field or just have questions about the permitting (as in (WTF? How did Militant White Nationalists get “permitted” to walk in our national park?), read their official statement. […]

  2. Teresa Boze says:

    With all the GOP denying that Nazi’s are a national treasure, perhaps they would like to corral the appointed head of that Cabinet are, and the Director of the National Parks into reconsidering the permit?

    Would looking into the background of the organizers for connections with and previous activities by historically violent hate groups help to sway that? Is the press looking for breadcrumbs, too, and of service in this end? Because everyone was so afraid of acid in the water back in the 60’s, but killing your neighbor now seems to be OK with everyone.

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