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FHWA Stinson Beach Parking Lots Rehabilitation

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The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking your input for the Stinson Beach Parking Area Rehabilitation Project (project) at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (the park). The project would provide sustainable visitor access and flood protection within the constraints of the natural environment while also considering the existing built environment. NPS is soliciting your comments to help develop a proposed action, preliminary alternatives, and identify potential impacts on natural and cultural resources.

To present information about the project, learn about potential impacts to the local community, and receive public comments, NPS will host a virtual webinar on November 18, 2021 at 5:30PM Pacific Standard Time. You are invited to attend this webinar to learn more about the project and to ask NPS representatives any questions that you may have.

The park is initiating a 30-day public comment period beginning Nov 10 and ending Dec 10, 2021.

BACKGROUND: Stinson Beach is located in Marin County, California, approximately 15 miles north of San Francisco and is a unit of the park (figure 1). It is a very popular destination with a large white sand beach that is easily accessible from California State Route 1 (Shoreline Highway). Parking at Stinson Beach is divided into three main parking areas (i.e., north, central, and south), each served by public restrooms, picnic areas, and beach access. Parking capacity at Stinson Beach is approximately 840 cars, but the parking areas are often filled beyond capacity. This creates congestion and safety issues and causes conflict with town residents due to spillover parking in neighborhoods. Stinson Beach can experience a peak of 10,000 visitors on warm days and holidays.

PUPRPOSE AND NEED: The purpose of the project is to provide continued safe and sustainable visitor access to Stinson Beach by renovating badly deteriorated parking facilities.The project is needed because deteriorated pavement and poor subgrade conditions are making it increasingly difficult and expensive to maintain safe driving and pedestrian conditions in the parking areas. Normal wear-and-tear over time, the flooding of Easkoot Creek, and coastal storm surges have damaged pavement and stormwater
drainage facilities.

Contact Information

Mia Monroe
(415) 725-1630