Planning for the Future of Tunitas Creek Beach
San Mateo County Parks is partnering with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and the Coastal Conservancy to protect environmental resources and promote public safety at Tunitas Creek Beach. With participation from the public, we will be developing this stunning and rugged section of coastline with proper public facilities and amenities. Get to know Tunitas Creek Beach and this project with the video below.
Tunitas Creek Beach Preferred Design
Updated Tuesday, February 23, 2021
San Mateo County Parks, POST and Coastal Conservancy are excited to share the preferred conceptual design for Tunitas Creek Beach. This design reflects input gathered from many community members during virtual community meetings in October and more than 1,300 survey responses received since May.
- Tunitas Creek Beach Preferred Design (English) 12.7 MB
- Tunitas Creek Beach Preferred Design (Spanish) 12.6 MB
If you have questions regarding the Tunitas Creek Beach Improvement Project review our project FAQs. If you don't see your question answered there already, please submit it to us. The FAQ will be updated periodically.
Presentation to the Board of Supervisors, Feb 23
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved the preferred conceptual design for Tunitas Creek Beach Improvement Project on Feb. 23. The Board’s action allows park staff to move forward on design plans, specifications, cost estimates and California Environmental Quality Act review.
It is expected that environmental permits and approvals can be completed this summer and 100% design plans should be finalized late 2021. There will be an opportunity for public input before final plans are submitted.
Previous Project Updates
Tunitas Creek Beach Preferred Design Presented to Parks Commission
On Thursday, Feburary 4, the Tunitas Beach Preferred Design was presented to the Parks Commission.
On Wednesday, January 27, 2021 a community meeting was held on Zoom, where we reviewed the Tunitas Creek Beach Preferred Design and our project team answered questions from the community. View the video recording of the meeting »
Phase II: An Updated Design & Community Preferences for Additional Features & Programming Opportunities
In Phase II we presented the project design informed Phase I feedback. As part of the update we presented potential additional design features and programming opportunities. See the presentation documents:
To determine community preferences for additional design features and programs another survey was given, which closed on November 13, 2020.
Virtual Community Meetings
On October 21 and 22 we held virtual community meetings, one in English, the other in Spanish. Members of the community learned more about Tunitas Creek Beach, asked questions, told us what’s important to them, and viewed conceptual designs that reflect results from the Phase 1 Development Survey.
Phase 1 Development Survey Closes
The Phase 1 Development Survey has closed. Additional opportunities to provide input will be posted to this page soon. To be notified about these opportunities sign up on the project email list.
Efforts to transform Tunitas Creek Beach into county park continue online despite the COVID-19 shutdown. The project General Survey has been posted, asking beach-goers about how they might want to use this new county park. Take the General Survey »
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Tunitas Creek Beach Kick-off Meeting scheduled for March 14, 2020 was canceled. Next steps for the project are currently being planned. An online survey designed to capture park user preferences will be posted soon. Stay informed on project progress and opportunities to participate by signing up for our email notification list—just enter your email address into the form on the lefthand side of this page.
San Mateo County has contracted with CSW/Stuber-Stroeh Engineering Group to provide civil design, surveying and project management. They will work closely with the project Technical Advisory Committee; with representatives from San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Parks and Public Works; and Peninsula Open Space Trust, California State Coastal Conservancy, and the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District. The design phase is expected to conclude summer 2021.
Join us for the kickoff meeting for this project, Saturday, March 14, at Tunitas Creek Beach. Learn more »
There are a number of activities that have taken place in the five months since Peninsula Open Space Trust and San Mateo County Parks announced its partnership to protect and preserve Tunitas Creek Beach, and eventually establish it as a public park.
Most of the work thus far has focused on protecting natural resources and facilitating safe access for staff and emergency responders. In addition, a request to fund positions that support operations and planning activities was approved at the April 10 meeting of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
On May 9, the San Mateo County Planning Commission approved a Coastal Development Permit submitted by San Mateo County Parks to establish reliable access to the beach by local and state first responders, including San Mateo County Parks, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, San Mateo County fire agencies, California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Approval will allow San Mateo County Parks to:
- Create a stable path from the property down to the beach that will support light emergency vehicles and staff. A gate will be installed to prevent unauthorized use.
- Install fencing around the unoccupied structure on the bluff and additional signage posting the San Mateo County ordinances language at several locations.
In the months to come, we will start the planning process for long-term public access and will seek the community’s input. We ask the public to bear with us as we work to complete our vision for a public park and safe access for all over the next few years.