Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Parks



January 31, 2011


February 8, 2011







Honorable Board of Supervisors


David G Holland, Director, Department of Parks


Fitzgerald Marine Reserve California Coastal Trail Project



Adopt a Resolution:


Adopting plans and specifications, including conformance with prevailing wage scale requirements, for the construction of the California Coastal Trail at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve;



Authorizing the publication of a Notice to Contractors twice in a weekly local newspaper of general circulation published in the County; and



Authorizing the Director of Public Works to call for sealed proposals to be received by Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.



The California Coastal Trail (CCT) is a network of public trails that protect the fragile and beautiful coastal environment and guarantee public access to the shoreline for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the 1,200-mile California coastline. The CCT was originally proposed by California voters and passed by the State legislature in the 1970s.


In 2000, the CCT was declared an official state trail when State legislature passed Resolution ACR20, and it was federally recognized as a Millennium Heritage Trail by President Clinton. 



As identified in the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Master Plan (2002), the Department of Parks is proposing to construct the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve section of the CCT based on the County Trail Plan Design and Management Guidelines and County General Plan policies. The trail improvements will run north and eastward from the Reserve boundary at Cypress Avenue to a point on North Lake Street (between California and Virginia Streets). Within the project area are San Vicente Creek, sensitive habitats, riparian vegetation, an archaeology site, and the Seal Cove Fault.


The proposed trail development was originally designed as a 12-foot wide asphalt trail with 2-foot wide graveled shoulders on each side. The Department conducted several public meetings on both the proposed design and the Negative Declaration prepared for the project, and based on comments received, has revised the proposed design. The proposed trail improvements will now include:


Construction of an ADA compliant, 8-foot wide, pervious surface trail in the location of the existing unimproved trail. Trail realignments and 1-foot wide unimproved shoulders will be added as needed.

Removal of an existing temporary pedestrian bridge across San Vicente Creek.


Installation of a 60-foot long, 8-foot, 4-inch wide, prefabricated fiberglass clear span bridge in a location approximately 30 feet upstream from the temporary bridge.

Construction of two sidewalk curb cuts along the North Lake Street entrance to the trail.

Interpretive and regulatory signs.

Installation of a rest area near the Cypress Avenue entrance to include a bench, kiosk and trash and recycling receptacles.

Removal of one 40-inch diameter at breast height (dbh) cypress, three dead cypress (44-inch, 46-inch and 58-inch dbh) and possible removal of one other 40-inch dbh cypress, two 40-inch dbh eucalyptus and one 48-inch dbh eucalyptus.


Grading: (287 cubic yards of cut, 345 cubic yards of over-excavation for imported base and surface materials and 262 cubic yards of fill).


On November 12, 2010, the County Planning Commission approved the Coastal Development Permit and certified the Negative Declaration.


County Counsel has reviewed and approved the Resolution as to form.


Approval of this action contributes to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of an Environmentally Conscious Community by constructing a multi-use non-motorized regional trail which preserves natural resources and provides the public responsible access to the shoreline.



The total estimated cost for construction is $498,588, which includes authorization for up to $65,035 in change orders. The contingency is used to pay the contractor for any unforeseen conditions not anticipated in the construction agreement documents.

California Coastal Conservancy and California State Parks Prop 40 funding will fund the project. An Appropriation Transfer Request will be submitted to create a project in the Capital Project budget for this project along with the future Board Report recommending the award of a contract. There is no impact to the General Fund.