On Monday, August 8, the City of Huntington Beach, along with local outdoor enthusiasts, celebrated the completion of recent improvements to Bluff Top Park and Trail with a ribbon cutting event near Pacific Coast Highway and Goldenwest Street.
The $3.7 million capital project took shape over two phases, beginning with the installation of wooden lodge pole fencing along the bluff tops and new railings along the staircases. The fencing and railings replaced metal pole fencing that had become an eye sore over the years and a potential future safety hazard.
The second phase of the project widened the park, adding a designated pedestrian lane to improve safety along the trail for both bicyclists and pedestrians. Additionally, a sidewalk was added along Pacific Coast Highway and access ramps were replaced for improved accessibility throughout the area. Finishing out the project, refreshed landscaping and aesthetic updates were made throughout the park and trail.
“This project was so overdue as we had outgrown the narrow pathways that so many enjoy,” said Mayor Barbara Delgleize. “And this new wooden fencing replaced the old, rusted metal rails to better frame Huntington Beach’s beautiful coastline and enhance beach visits for residents and tourists alike.”
The City wishes to acknowledge and thank Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris for appropriating $1.7 million in state funding towards this capital project that preserves an important coastal amenity in the State of California. Without the Assemblymember’s contribution, this project would not have be possible. Additionally, the City wishes to thank the California State Parks Department for their collaboration, as parts of the Bluff Top Park and Trail run through their jurisdiction.