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It had been far too long but park goers and yoga lovers can rejoice at the fact that the new Bixby Park Bluff is officially open.
Long a sad site lined with barricades and barren strips of dead grass, piles of construction equipment, and endless dirt, the space that was formerly filled with free yoga classes and soccer players has once again come alive.
New grass lines the southern side of Ocean Boulevard between Junipero and Cherry Avenues while staircases—long needed and desired—also act as bookends for the park’s eastern and western edges. Perhaps most impressive (and eventually iconic) is the ADA-accessible path that zigzags and winds down the bluff’s face, lined with bright white LED lamps reminiscent of old-school pier lighting.
The staircases and path will also connect with the new Beach Pedestrian Path project which, when completed, will provide completely car-free access to the beach from Shoreline Marina to 54th Place.
Oh so very yes.
While some have undoubtedly complained about the project—Long Beach resident Kayte Deloma called it an “ill-conceived development” that could have been “something beautiful”—it is a mostly welcomed addition given the game-changing Bluff Hotel project was sadly shot down and the bluff rehabilitation controversy rages.
Earlier this year, the $6.8M rehabilitation was halted earlier this year after residents called the rehab flat out hideous—and rightfully so.
The rehabilitation began in 2007 with the specs adopted for the area around 12th Place and moving forth from there. The concern arose when bluff erosion began causing sidewalk damage and limiting public access, while also increasing the potential for public safety concerns. However, many residents became concerned as construction began to show just what the bluff would look like: a sprayed concrete mess, or what Seamus Innes of the Surfrider Foundation called “prison-esque” at the meeting.