You Made This a Good Year for Our Parks
As we enter this season of gratitude and of giving, we are thankful for all of you who have given so generously to support state parks on the San Mateo coast. Your commitment to the parks and this beautiful coast is truly inspiring.
Read this quarterly update from CSPA President Joyce Pennell
Pigeon Point Progress and Celebration
The initial phase of the rehabilitation of Pigeon Point Lighthouse will be completed in time for the 140th anniversary of the lighthouse, to be celebrated on November 17. Work on the interim stabilization of the tower began on October 23 and within a few days, the crew had hung scaffolding to give themselves access to the outside of the tower. This was welcome evidence of progress toward the final restoration of the lighthouse.
Read about the progress and the party.
Pescadero: The Saga of the Sandbar
In August, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposed to breach the sandbar at the mouth of Pescadero Creek in an effort to avoid fish kills, which have occurred in past years when the sandbar has breached naturally later in the year. After the sandbar formed in early September, two efforts were made to breach it. Volunteers have assisted state parks staff, working with NOAA and other agencies, to monitor the process and results.
Read the details of this ambitious project.
Patrons and Partners Visit Sacred Ohlone Site
On September 9, Coastside State Parks Association Patron and Partner members and their guests got a behind–the–scenes view into the lives of the native Californians who lived in Quiroste Valley at Año Nuevo State Park. Mark Hylkema, State Park archaeologist and storyteller extraordinaire, took members and their guests back in time to a special place where wild animals were abundant, redwood forests grew tall, and significant historical events unfolded.
Read about this visit to a very special place
Members Enjoy Treasures of History and Harvest
Association members explored secrets of Burleigh H Murray Ranch last month and enjoyed some of the bounty of the ranch’s historic orchard. The outing began with hot drinks and applesauce cake, along with a brief review of the lives of some of the people associated with the history of the ranch.