Tuesday, February 9, 2016

An $80,000 award from the County of San Mateo supports the City of Pacifica’s purchase five acres of land to be included in the Pedro Point Headlands, a spectacular expanse of coastal bluffs at the southern edge of the city.

The County Board of Supervisors approved the award to the city February 9. Funding is from Measure A, a half-cent countywide sales tax approved by voters in November 2012.

“We are thrilled about this additional open space. It’s a big win for all of us who love the outdoors and value preserving nature. The property is within easy reach of anyone in our county but it feels a world away.”

“This is an example of a tremendous partnership that will preserve five acres of undeveloped land and allow ours and future generations to enjoy our coast,” said Supervisor Don Horsley, whose 3rd District includes Pacifica.

Pacifica is purchasing five acres known as the Colt property for $609,070. In addition to the County’s $80,000 award, funding is expected to come from the California State Parks and Recreation’s Habitat Conservation Fund and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.

The additional acreage brings the Pedro Point Headlands to 260 acres of undeveloped open space owned by the City of Pacifica and the State of California that is to be protected for natural resources and public access.

“We are thrilled about this additional open space. It’s a big win for all of us who love the outdoors and value preserving nature,” said Marlene Finley, San Mateo County Parks Director. “The property is within easy reach of anyone in our county but it feels a world away.”

Once the purchase is complete, San Mateo County Parks and other partners will work to improve public access. The long-range goal is to create a continuous stretch of seven miles of trail in the City of Pacifica.

Learn more about Measure A and Pedro Point Headlands »