Land Transfer Will Lead to New Facilities on the San Mateo County Coast

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Partnership with Peninsula Open Space Trust Will Benefit Visitors

MIRAMAR, Calif. – Visitors to the San Mateo County coast will be relieved to hear that plans to build restrooms near the popular surfer’s beach north of Half Moon Bay have moved forward.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to accept a small parcel of land from Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) as the future site of badly needed restrooms and parking. The parcel is located south of Pillar Point Harbor, on Magellan Avenue at the southern end of the Mirada Surf Trail.

“The Mirada Surf Trail has become a gathering place for families from all over San Mateo County,” Board President Richard S. Gordon said. “This new parcel and the facilities we will build there will make it much more family-friendly and, thanks to our partners at the Peninsula Open Space Trust, the improvement will come at a minimal cost to local taxpayers.”

The project is expected to be complete by late summer 2010 and fulfills the San Mateo County 2007 Midcoast Action Plan’s call for restrooms. Located in the unincorporated community of Miramar, the Mirada Surf Trail is part of the California Coastal Trail. Mirada Surf is popular with hikers, cyclists, families and others who enjoy spectacular views of the coast or are out to watch the action at surfer’s beach.

POST in 2009 bought the 0.07-acre parcel for $20,000 to support recreational activities along the coast with the plan to donate it to San Mateo County. The area is also a key jumping-off point with links to other nearby trails.

“Sometimes protecting the smallest bit of land can make a big difference, and POST is pleased to assist the County in providing a place for these necessary facilities at Mirada Surf,” POST President Audrey Rust said.

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