Site SF 88

Winter, 2015

You know what they say, “time flies when you are really having fun!” We must be having fun as another year is coming to an end. What a great year it has been, and what a great year it will be in 2016! Thank you to all of the great Volunteers who throughout 2015 put in hundreds of hours. Keeping the story alive….making sure the people of today do not forget yesterday. Nike Site SF-88 and the role it played defending the Bay Area throughout the Cold War. The story lives on thanks to you and your time at the Site.

Comings and Goings:

The new permanent Volunteer Coordinator and Lead Ranger for the Marin Headlands is Andrew Felton. Many of you have met Andrew during his Detail as Volunteer Coordinator back in April. Andrew also was at the December Open House. Please welcome Andrew and feel free to contact him with any questions that you might have. Lucy Scott who so admirably filled the position for the last few months has moved on to her new assignment at Muir Woods. We all extend our thanks to Lucy for a great job and wish her well. Alex Duncan will be leaving us around January 16. It has been great having Alex as a member of the team. His work at Nike has been greatly appreciated. Our other steadfast Ranger, Michael Morales is out on medical leave. Our best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Photo by Greg Brown from

The launcher being worked out by some of our great volunteers. All of the equipment needs a lot of TLC. Without the help of all of our great Nike Volunteers, our site would certainly not be the same. Whether it is a mechanical issue, a little paint, some electrical work or cutting the grass, thanks to all of you for pitching in and making Nike SF-88 one of a kind.

The maintenance of all of the equipment at SF-88 is vital to insure our one of a kind site is there for years to come to tell the stories of Nike and the Cold War period.


2016 will be an exciting year at SF-88. Funding has been secured for this year to do some exciting work at the Site.

First, we are getting new doors at the Assembly Building. Both the rolling doors and main door will be replaced. The Magazine A personnel doors are also being replaced. This is part of the reason we have so many locks at the front and rear gates. Construction personnel can easily gain access to the site to do their work.

A total restoration of the Kennel storage building will also be a part of the 2016 items. This work will start in the coming months.

Funds have been allocated to paint and restore the Hercules missiles in Magazine A. This will go a long way in making sure our missiles stay in top shape.

Goats are coming. We will be bringing in goats to clear out a lot of the non-native vegetation at the site. Obviously, this will make the site a more realistic looking.

The Generator Building will be converted into a Welcome Center and Museum. This step will give us the opportunity to have a place for visitors to know within five minutes what the site is all about. Artifacts, living histories, movies and slides are all a part of this conversion. It will also make a great classroom to tell our story to those too young to remember. The Welcome Center will provide all of us a great tool where we can share with all of our visitors all of our stories and to interpret the story of the Cold War and Nike. Stories that should never be forgotten!


There are a few other things that hopefully can get done during the year. First is to restore the entrance to what it looked like in 1962. Secondly to put more road signs in the Headlands directing people to the Nike Site. Thirdly, new signage at the site giving some detail about the buildings and structures.

There will be a lot going on at the site in the coming months. It certainly will be an exciting time for all of us.


A new film documentary regarding Nike Site SF-88 was just completed in the last week. It will be shown locally here in San Francisco. I will let everyone know where and as soon as I get the details.

There was an article back in October in The San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune regarding the site. Quite a few people visited SF-88 because of the article. Glad to see people read the papers and follow-up on visiting the sites spoken about.


El Nino is predicted this winter. As such, our hours of operation might be impacted due to conditions at the site. I will keep everyone posted as to any changes.

As we come to the end of another successful year at Nike Site SF-88, I want to thank each and every one who played a role in keeping the site alive! The Volunteers, Rangers and Interns who told the stories, fixed the leaks, mopped the floor and pulled weeds were all instrumental in keeping SF-88 vibrant and the place to hear and see incredible things and stories.

To each of you, I want to extend my best wishes for a wonderful and safe holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year!

Thanks for all you do! Be seeing you around the Park!

2016 is the Centennial Year for The National Park Service. Remember to tell everyone to “Find Your Park.”

The "Organic Act" of August 25, 1916, states that "the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations . . . by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

Al Blank
Park Ranger
Marin Headlands