The City of Pacifica won an Award for Excellence for this project
in the Planning and Environmental Quality category of the 2005
California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence program. For
more about the award program, visit www.cacities.org/helenputnam.
Each year, more than one million people visit Pacifica State
Beach, which many consider one of Northern California’s better
surfing beaches. Owned by the state parks system and locally
operated by the City of Pacifica, it’s the first beach south of
San Francisco that is safe for swimming and water sports. Flanked
to the north and south by rocky headlands, the beach stretches
along Highway 1 in a narrow swath of sand, cobbles and upland
dune structures. It was once the site of a historic railroad that
traversed the area. But over the years, buildings and
construction fill had encroached upon the beach.