Planning for the Future of Tunitas Creek Beach
About the project
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and San Mateo County Parks are partnering to improve Tunitas Creek Beach over a three-year period in order to provide safe public access to the beach as a County Park. Protection and management of the property are expected to cost the County an additional $10 million dollars over ten years. Learn More
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.