Surfer's Point Beach Project
The City of Ventura and the Ventura Fairgrounds are moving ahead with a project to protect an area of Ventura's coastline.
Using a "managed retreat" approach, a buried cobblestone berm will be
installed near the Ventura River mouth. This approach will mimic what
occurs naturally where the river spills out to the ocean. Over 26,000
tons of imported cobblestone will be buried along the ocean's edge, and
then will be covered with 18,000 tons of new sand.
The project ultimately will provide beach restoration to protect our
coastline from erosion and add more beachfront for recreational uses.
It will create a new multi-use bike path with lighting and also create
a new storm water filtration system including a grass bioswale to treat
runoff and prevent pollutants from reaching the Ventura River Estuary
During phase one of the construction, about half of the existing
damaged parking lot on Shoreline Drive will be removed and the
materials recycled for use in the rebuilding project. The stretch of
beach along this area will be widened by 60 feet and a new cul-de-sac
on Shoreline Drive will be constructed 1,000 feet east of the current
turnaround. The multi-use bike path will be relocated inland along the
beachfront adjacent to the new parking area that will be constructed
just north of the existing one.
During construction beachgoers will have access to the shore and bike
path. Ample parking will be available at the remaining portion of the
existing parking area along the beachfront, and paid parking at the
Derby Club/Ventura County Fairgrounds parking area; 20 minute
"surf-check" parking will be added along the south side of Shoreline
The city and the fairgrounds have partnered with the California Coastal
Conservancy, California State Parks, the State Coastal Commission and
Surfriders Foundation to plan for adherence to strict environmental
regulations needed to solve the erosion problems along our coast. The
creative and collaborative solutions achieved have provided an
environmentally sensitive and innovative approach to restore and
protect the beach and preserve public access.
Construction is slated to be completed in May, 2011. Crews from
C.A. Rasmussen construction company will be on site Monday through
Friday from 7 AM until 5 PM. For more information call Larry Jenkins at
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