The City of Long Beach will re-open beautiful Bluff Park
to public use today, Friday, February 13. After many months of improvements, the public will once again be able to stroll along the approximately 1-mile long stretch above the Pacific coastline. Hydroseeding has enabled the full re-establishment of grass for the heavily used area along the coast, and native landscaping along the top edge of the bluff has been installed behind the handrail. The irrigation system, sidewalk, and handrail have been replaced and upgraded.
"Bluff Park is one of my favorite parks in the city and it's now more beautiful and accessible than ever," said Mayor Robert Garcia. “It's one of the best locations to enjoy with family, walk your dog, exercise, or take in the sunset. We are all happy it's been reopened.”
Bluff Park consists of 13.2 acres along Ocean Boulevard from 20th Place to 36th Place, and features green space, telescopes, benches and the Lone Sailor Memorial. With a view of the Pacific Ocean and pleasant sea breezes, Bluff Park frequently attracts joggers, strollers, dog walkers and others who come to enjoy the beautiful view.
“The re-opening of Bluff Park is very exciting,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price. “Bluff Park is once again welcoming families and individuals to enjoy our wonderful coastline.”
While Bluff Park is now open, improvements to several areas of the bluffs will continue. Late last year, Council paused work on bluff erosion to review stabilization options. On December 16, 2014, the City Council authorized the City Manager to proceed with the project as planned. Completion of stabilization is anticipated by fall of 2015. Stabilization consists of soil nails that prevent the further erosion and increase the seismic stability of the bluffs, as well as native vegetation planted to take deep root to provide further stabilization and green space.