WRO Staff / Monday, Sept. 9 @ 12:37 p.m. / Community, Parks
How Would You Spend $200k For Beachfront Park? Tell Crescent City Staff on Tuesday
Crescent City will host the first of two public meetings Tuesday designed to get the community involved in Beachfront Park’s future development.
Staff hope residents will select a project or projects the city can begin planning for and potentially installing using $200,000 in Proposition 68 dollars, according to City Manager Eric Wier. Wier told the Crescent City Council last week that he would also welcome people’s general thoughts on the city’s Beachfront master plan, but hopes they’ll think big when it comes to future amenities.
Proposition 68, the Parks, Environment and Water Bond, was approved by California voters in June 2018. It authorized $4 billion in general obligation bonds for state and local parks as well as environmental, water infrastructure and flood protection projects.
Receiving Proposition 68 funding requires public outreach, Wier said. Approximately $20,000 from the California Endowment is helping pay for more “in-depth outreach and community building,” he said. The California Coastal Conservancy has also indicated that it is willing to donate about $90,000 for the development of the California Coastal Trail, signs and beach access projects, Wier said.
The second meeting will be held Sept. 17.
“The overall goal for these meetings is to be able to start the process of the Beachfront Park Masterplan. We don’t want to have people focused on smaller projects,” he said. “In the end we’re going to use all of those ideas as we move right into that bigger project.”
The city began developing its Beachfront Park master plan about 9 years ago. At the time, Wier said, amenities the community proposed included an amphitheater and active recreation. One of the park’s amenities, Crescent City Dog Town, opened in 2018.
The city’s first Beachfront Park town hall meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The second meeting will be from noon-1 p.m. Sept. 17. Both will be at the Crescent City Cultural Center, 1001 Front Street in Crescent City. For more information, call Holly Wendt at (707) 464-7483.