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More Details of Esplanade Project Emerge

The plan calls for a bike path and viewing platforms from the Malibu Pier to the Malibu Lagoon.

New photos of a model show the concept of the proposed Malibu Esplanade Project, a resurrected plan from the 1980s to build a bike path and viewing platforms from the Malibu Pier to the Malibu Lagoon.

The photos were taken by the city of Malibu Department of Parks and Recreation staff during a recent meeting at the Malibu studio of Ann Ryan, the designer  behind the project.

The model shows a proposed viewing platform at the famous Surfrider Beach, which is one of several phases of the project.

The Malibu Parks and Recreation Commission is currently reviewing the first phase of the project, which only includes the viewing platform at Surfrider Beach. The viewing platform would be located between the Malibu Pier and the Adamson House.

"The whole goal was to have a unifying theme to get from one place to another, to have an identity with the city and to not have people walking through a highway," Ryan said. "It needed to have an identity, to show 'here you are, you are finally at Malibu beach.'"

Ryan met in January with members of the Malibu Parks and Recreation Commission, which formed a subcommittee made up of Commissioners Carl Randall, Graeme Clifford and Steve Parks to gather facts about the project.

Ryan is expected to answer questions about the project at the Tuesday, Feb. 19 Parks and Recreation Commission meeting at Malibu City Hall.

Malibu city staff are in the process of putting together a staff report about the project, which will include information about the project's possible funding sources. The report will also address the fact that the project is proposed on state-owned land.

Officials from the state of California, Los Angeles County and Caltrans would have to be on board for the project to move forward.

The project was proposed by Ryan in the 1980s when her nonprofit received grants from the California Coastal Conservancy, California Department of Parks and Los Angeles County.

More recently, Ryan made several attempts to solicit grant funds from the city in 2010 and 2011, but none of the requests were funded.

According to an excerpt from the original California Coastal Conservancy grant application, the project area would extend from the Malibu Pier to the entrance of the Malibu Lagoon State Park.

The plans call for 3.5 miles of pedestrian walkways, bikeways, a viewing deck at Surfrider Beach and access to trails in the Santa Monica Mountains and the shops in the Cross Creek area. To accommodate the walkways and bikeways, the 1980s version of the project calls for the widening of the Malibu Bridge over the Malibu Lagoon on Pacific Coast Highway.

Ryan said the bridge has already been widened, and that she didn't fully read the project description she submitted from an old grant application.

Malibu Surfrider Beach was dedicated as the first World Surfing Reserve in 2010. In 2009, California State Parks won the Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award for its restoration of the Malibu Pier.

Ryan said she hopes the city takes the lead on the project.

"It identifies when you come up Pacific Coast Highway, you’re in Malibu," Ryan said.

Robert Feigel February 14, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I'm reminded of this quote from George Orwell: "When I talk to anyone or read the writings of anyone who has any axe to grind, I feel that intellectual honesty and balanced judgement have simply disappeared from the face of the earth. Everyone’s thought is forensic, everyone is simply putting a "case" with deliberate suppression of his opponent’s point of view ... "
J. Flo February 14, 2013 at 08:21 PM
For God's sake, Hans, not my word - I'm quoting YOU talking about yourself. "And they like my big arrogant mouth." Robert, I agree. We have to always look for truth and for a new way of looking at something. Be able to take a step back. Not always easy - but important.
hellwood February 14, 2013 at 08:33 PM
hans, just curious...if parents with kids can no longer afford to live here, how do you justify butchering and bulldozing a beautiful chunk of nature, AND losing charmlee? if we want to be kid friendly, we should take our kids on more hikes and nature walks(or have the nanny do it....haha), bring these kids back down to earth and teach them that paving over nature is shortsighted, and just isn't worth it in the long run. preserving the priceless undeveloped and open spaces is what is best for malibu. when all the kids are gone, it will be a billionaires' ghost town
Marianne Riggins February 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM
These fields and other recreational facilities are not just for kids, adults in this community are seriously underserved. The one community pool we have in this town for most of the year is only available in the evenings or early mornings. We no longer have a skate park, so skateboarders are forced in to the streets to skate. Our overall population is not going down, it is just adjusting between the age groups and there is nothing to say that in 10-15 years from now we won't have a large amount of families move here. Bluffs park make sense for this type of use since it is in the middle of our community allowing residents from both ends of town to have near them.
hellwood February 18, 2013 at 07:57 AM
marianne, adults in this community? do you mean senior citizens?? most people in malibu either have a pool, have friends with pools, or dont care about pools because they can jump in the ocean. according to the draft report, walking, biking trails and green ways are the priority. next you will suggest bulldozing our hills for a deluxe lawn bowling course and a bingo parlour. Maybe level another area for a bridge club and a knitting room with Masterpiece theater playing 24/7 on a big screen?

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