Beach Access at Lagoon Changes

The public is now directed over a 10-foot wide dike constructed to separate the main body of the Malibu Lagoon from the channels as part of a restoration project.

Beachgoers now have the chance to walk through the heart of the Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project, starting Thursday.

The change in beach access took place Thursday, Aug. 16, according to Craig Sap, district supervisor for California State Parks Los Angeles District.

“It will give people a different view and they get to see what is going on,” Sap said. “They can get an idea of what it looks like.”

California State Parks released the following notice about the change:

The public access to the beach at will be changed to accommodate the continued restoration of the lagoon. This temporary access route will begin at the southeast end of the existing parking lot closest to Pacific Coast Highway and continue parallel to Pacific Coast Highway and then turn north toward the beach where it runs parallel to the main channel of the Malibu Lagoon across the temporary dike toward the ocean.

The new walkway across the dirt dike is fenced in on both sides to keep the public out of the lagoon channels and the construction zone, according to Sap.

Sap said the original layout of the beach access, which included a path over bridges, was not ADA compliant.

"It’s an outdoor recreational standard – that’s what state parks uses for outdoor trails," Sap said.

Once the project is completed, the beach access will be ADA compliant, according to Sap.

The temporary access path will likely be in place through the end of the project, which could be wrapped up in December or January.

Andy Lyon August 17, 2012 at 12:52 AM
“It will give people a different view and they get to see what is going on,” Sap said. “They can get an idea of what it looks like.” Well... if you look at the picture you see that the green mesh is on the project side fence and not the other fence. Maybe that green mesh makes the project look better ??
Terry August 17, 2012 at 02:44 AM
looks gross. welcome to malibu where we spend millions of dollars to destroy what we already have in the name of progress
Marshall Thompson August 17, 2012 at 03:28 AM
That isn't "we" Terry as in we Malibuites. "We" fought this project. It is the work State Parks and some self-appointed, lame-o, wanna-be surf-enviros.
sean August 19, 2012 at 02:59 PM
hey andy, you doubted coastal commission approval, you were wrong, you said They couldnt de-water, wrong again. You said craig sap would not drink the treated water - wrong. You said that the dyke would not work as pedestrian access, wrong. How many times does it take for you to say, "you know, even though i rode my bike around malibu as a kid, and I am grown man that prides himself as a surfer, maybe I dont know everything, and I was wrong".. Like I said before, apologize or you are not allowed at the lagoon when its all done.
Hans Laetz August 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM
The Santa Monica Audobon Society bird census in August counted 45 snowy plovers next to the lagoon, "an all-time high!" http://smbasblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/malibu-lagoon-trip-report-26-august-2012/ "Peering through holes in the fence netting into the channels area, we managed to spot: 8 Mallard, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Great Blue Heron, 3 Snowy Egret, 2 Coot, 2 Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Least Sandpiper, 1 Black Phoebe, 5 American Crow, 2 Rough-winged Swallow, 12 Barn Swallow, 1 Bewick’s Wren & 1 Song Sparrow (both in brush between the path & PCH), 3 Great-tailed Grackle; 16 species in all. The Pectoral Sandpiper is an early fall migrant, most pass through in September. All these birds are included in the trip list below. "As in July, very little was on the ocean except two kelp-walking Snowy Egret, 1 Common Loon, 3 Western Grebe, 2 Pelagic Cormorant and 1 Brandt’s Cormorant. Down the beach, the surfing competition had many tents and loudspeakers and little else. The ocean was unusually flat. If anything more than a foot high rolled in, I’d be surprised. The audience was nearly as non-existent as the waves.


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