Measure-A Funds Design of Two New Miles of Coastal Trail

San Mateo County has joined an exciting partnership of the Coastside Land Trust (CLT), California Coastal Conservancy, Peninsula Open Space Trust and City of Half Moon Bay to complete a significant gap in the California Coastal Trail along the blufftops south of Poplar Beach in Half Moon Bay between the Wavecrest Property and Redondo Beach.

The California Coastal Trail is a network of public trails for pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians along the 1,200-mile California coastline. San Mateo County Third District Supervisor Don Horsley has been actively engaged in local efforts to advance completion of the trail. “The Coastal Trail is now more than halfway complete in San Mateo County,” says Horsley. “San Mateo County Parks has built Coastal Trail segments at Devil’s Slide, Wavecrest Phase I, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, and Mirada Surf. Upcoming County Park Coastal Trail projects include Green Valley Trail and Pedro Point Headlands.”

The 50-acre Wavecrest Property was purchased by CLT and Peninsula Open Space Trust for habitat protection, open space protection and public access. An active volunteer stewardship program maintains existing trails and removes invasive species. One of the highest program priorities is to complete the two-mile section of California Coastal Trail through Wavecrest. In 2014, CLT completed the 0.3-mile “Bird Trail” on Wavecrest connecting City of Half Moon Bay’s Poplar Beach and Half Moon Bay State Beach. San Mateo County Parks helped with the construction.

Beginning this summer, CLT will hire a landscape architecture firm to design, plan and permit the two-mile section of the Wavecrest Trail Phase II. This project will result in a complete set of designs, plans, specifications, permits and cost estimates. Once finished, the project is ready for construction.

“We're pleased to partner in the development of another section of California Coastal Trail. Funding for this project is just one example of how Measure A funds are being used to form partnerships to develop trails to enhance the quality of life for residents and park visitors.”

Funding for the project comes from Mateo County with $260,000 from Measure A for year one. Measure A is a10-year, half-cent general sales tax approved by voters in 2012 to fund essential services and maintain or replace critical facilities. According to San Mateo County Park Director Marlene Finley, “We’re pleased to partner in the development of another section of California Coastal Trail. Funding for this project is just one example of how Measure A funds are being used to form partnerships to develop trails to enhance the quality of life for residents and park visitors.”

The Wavecrest Trail Phase II will benefit coastside residents and visitors seeking a safe bicycle, pedestrian and equestrian connection between central Half Moon Bay and the city’s southern neighborhoods, especially, community members in the Ocean Colony subdivision and the Canada Cove Mobile Home Park.

Jo Chamberlain, CLT’s Executive Director said that: “the Coastside Land Trust is delighted to have the opportunity to continue the Coastal Trail through Wavecrest completing the trail through the City of Half Moon Bay. This project would not have been possible without the vision and leadership of San Mateo Count Parks Director Marlene Finley, Peninsula Open Space Trust and the City of Half Moon Bay.”

The CLT is dedicated to the preservation, protection and enhancement of the open space environment, including the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of Half Moon Bay and the San Mateo County coast for present and future generations. The CLT is well-positioned to lead this collaborative trail planning effort.

See the article about the Wavecrest Trail Project at the Half Moon Bay Review.

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