North Beach Construction Update – February 2021

The Heritage Legacy Project for California aims to restore the seventeen remaining cottages on the North Beach at Crystal Cove State Park, completing the vision for the Park and creating a sustainable revenue stream to support important conservation and education programs. Once complete, the project will add 22 additional overnight rental units doubling our available occupancy and providing twice as many people the opportunity to stay in a restored historic beach cottage in the heart of one of the most iconic places along the coast of California.

One of these last seventeen cottages, which is designed to operate as a hostel-style dorm will host overnight coastal engineering programs for underserved high school students from around Southern California. With our partners at University of California Irvine, we will be educating and inspiring students from inland and underserved communities about the challenges of sea level rise and future coastal change as they sleep mere feet from the ocean.

In November, we completed the infrastructure phase of the project which saw the installation and modernization of existing utilities, stabilization of the bluffs, and the installation of a 650-foot boardwalk providing access to the cottages and ADA compliant public access to the beach.

Now we’re focused on restoring the first four cottages on the North Beach which will be opened to the public as five affordable overnight rentals in 2022. When we began the North Beach restoration, four of the 17 cottages had to be completely disassembled, removed and placed in safe storage to provide access to the project. Now, some of those cottages will be returned to their original locations, restored to their midcentury roots, and eventually opened to the public. This includes the beloved Cottage #12, the tall white cottage nearest the Promenade that always leaned just a little.

This next phase of work is estimated to cost $6.6M and is supported by state funds secured with the assistance of State Assemblymember Cottie-Petrie Norris and a significant investment by the California State Coastal Conservancy paired with the donations of individual pledgemakers and project investors including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Resources Legacy Fund, and WWW Foundation.

To our North Beach donors and pledgemakers – you have our most heartfelt thanks. We couldn’t do it without you.

For more information on the project please contact:

Cindy Otto
Director of Advancement, Crystal Cove Conservancy
949-376-6200 x 204 or

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