Once the site of wild parties that resulted in garbage, debris and chaos, Tunitas Creek Beach – halfway between Pescadero and Half Moon Bay – has recently become the first coastal addition to the San Mateo County parks system since Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach was added in 1969.

At one point owned by local rocker Chris Isaak, Tunitas Creek Beach was purchased by the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) in 2017, with support from the Moore Foundation, and they have since worked tirelessly to provide it with new life. POST worked closely with San Mateo County officials to manage the visitor flow to the beach, and make it a safe destination for visitors while protecting vulnerable wildlife and natural resources in the area.

Within three years of the acquisition, Peninsula Open Space Trust hoped the site would open as a new San Mateo County park, and add one more segment to complete the California Coastal Trail. It is exciting to see this goal come to fruition, and see the beach open for generations of visitors who will now be able to experience first-hand the unique and enduring beauty of this spectacular stretch of Bay Area coastline.

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