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.
Share Your Ideas with Us
We are seeking input from the community on the design of Tunitas Creek Beach. Get involved by reviewing the two instructional sections below, which will introduce project values and existing conditions and present 3 potential design alternatives. When you're done with that, let us know your preferences by filling out the Phase 1 Project Development Survey.
1. Project Introduction / Existing Conditions
If you'd like to learn more, review the project document:
2. Design Alternatives
If you'd like to lean more, review the project document:
- Design Alternatives 29.5 MB
3. Let Us Know Your Preferences
Now take the Phase 1 Project Development Survey to let us know what you think the priorities should be for this project and the kind of design you'd prefer. Go to survey »
Phase 1 Instructional Materials & Survey Posted
The initial installment of instructional materials has been posted to the project page (see above) along with the Phase 1 Project Development Survey, designed to capture design priorities and preferences from the public.
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.