The Final Phase
The Final PhaseWHILE THE SOUTH END OF THE HISTORIC DISTRICT BRIMS WITH NEW LIFE, CCA WORKS TIRELESSLY TO RESTORE THE LAST LEG OF THE COVE.
PHOTOS BY JODY TIONGCO
On Crystal Cove’s north beach, overgrown bougainvillea and beautiful wildflowers blossom despite the dilapidated state of old cottages lining the shore. Splintered wood, rusted nails and shattered glass litter the landscape—a state of disrepair that CCA is hoping to reverse.
It will take an estimated $20 million to restore this final untouched region of Crystal Cove’s historic park, $7 million of which will go toward repairing the infrastructure such as the historic boardwalk, electricity and plumbing. The remainder will be used for the restoration of the last 17 cottages, with painstaking attention to detail paid to the historical accuracy.
Crystal Cove Alliance’s model public-private partnership will maximize California State Park investments; however, the nonprofit must also rely on the support of the community to protect the cove’s natural wonders. Recently, the project received $5 million in mitigation funds from the California Coastal Commission, allowing CCA to move forward with early planning, engineering and permitting.
Laura Davick, CCA’s founder and director of public affairs, says that once all the funding is
in place, the restoration will only take approximately five years—just a blink of an eye for a project that will transform a historic site back into the vibrant community of years past.