New California Beachfront Park in the Works
The land at El Morro along California’s coast south of Los Angeles enters into a new chapter starting this week, as a construction team finishes removing the last remnants of a once lively mobile home community, and starts work on a long-awaited campground on the ocean, according to the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif.
The new project will include the first campgrounds to be added to the state parks’ system in more than 20 years, and likely the last that will be added. It’s expected to draw about 100,000 people to the area on busy weekends, said parks spokesman Ken Kramer.
“It’s good news; everyone is going to see that the project is finally underway,” he said.
The state parks recently awarded a $12 million contract to Los Angeles Engineering Inc. for the revamp of the land, which sits within the 2,791-acre Crystal Cove State Park. The state is hoping to generate about $1 million each year in park-use revenues from camping, day use and special events.
A group of residents – many who had lived there for decades – were evicted more than two years ago after the state decided it wanted to build the campgrounds, along with a picnic area and public beach. The desolate area has been fenced off and not much has changed since 2006.
The funds for the project came from voter-approved Proposition 12 park bond funds.