Fitzgerald Marine Reserve improvements meeting, Saturday

Posted by on Wed, October 28, 2009

Come discuss two access improvement projects within the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve at a public meeting held by the The San Mateo County Parks Department.  The department will present conceptual plans review and comment.  Park staff will be presenting the conceptual plans and discussing the projects:

  • Improvements to the existing public access from Nevada and North Lake Street (corner of the Fitzgerald Parking lot) to the beach.  This will include a new pathway and stairs using the current alignment, and improvements to the overlook.
  • Development of the California Coastal Trail alignment from North Lake Street to Cypress Avenue.  This multi-use trail will include a crossing of San Vicente Creek and a paved 10-foot-wide surface with graveled shoulders.

Saturday October 31, 2009
9:30-11:00 a.m. 
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Main Parking Lot, California and North Lake Street 
For further information please contact Senior Planner Sam Herzberg at 650.363.1823.

Comment 1
Wed, October 28, 2009 8:58am
Cid Young
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I live near the Blufftop trail that was acquited by POST overlooking the MArine Reserve south of Seal Cove. Many neighbors and pedestrians have objected to the Paved Path installed there, so I assume there will be more objections to the paved surface planned by SM County PArks Dept. for the Marine Reserve trail, so rather than complain afterwards, go voice your concerns on Saturday at the meeting. NOW is your chance to make your voice heard!

Comment 2
Wed, October 28, 2009 8:59am
Cid Young
All my comments

Acquired not Acquited - SORRY!

Comment 3
Wed, October 28, 2009 9:26am
Barry Parr
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I don’t understand the paving plan at all. Mirada Surf was often impassible in wet weather. That’s not the case here.

However, a bridge over the creek seems like a good idea.

Comment 4
Wed, October 28, 2009 1:32pm
Carl May
All my comments

We already have a much used and much loved coastal trail that would do very well as the California Coastal Trail (CCT) through that part of Fitzgerald. With a bit of sprucing up in a couple of short stretches, which is all that the bluff-edge trail in Mirada Surf needed, it could easily be wheelchair accessible. There is no need for a paved bike path in Fitzgerald. Any money for that should go to the bikepath we need parallel to HWY 1.

As at Mirada Surf West, wrong route, wrong size, wrong surface (the trail on the POST property is a dream compared to this), reduced access to what the CCT is supposed to service, and a gross waste of taxpayer money. Yet another San Mateo County project to bludgeon the coastside into what it would prefer.

County Parks has said that a 10’ wide paved trail meets ADA requirements.  It is my understanding that a 10’ wide paved trail exceeds ADA state regulations.

“DG” base rock or other pervious surface are ADA accessible.  The Coastal Conservancy is currently building a 3 mile segment of California Coastal Trail using a crushed base rock surface, 8 feet wide. 

The Coastal Conservancy and POST did an awesome job on the Coastal Trail at Pillar Point Bluff. 

I encourage the County to keep environmental appropriateness and flexibility in mind when planning trails.  Trail users do not benefit from a bureaucratic approach to trail planning.