San Diego closes Ladera Street stairs

February 20, 2018 by  

The failure of a bluff in Sunset Cliffs Natural Park led San Diego officials to close the Ladera Street stairs, the only official access to the beach. The stairs will remain closed until officials have a chance to assess the condition of the bluffs.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is an open space comprising 68 acres, but the Ladera Stairs are the only formal entrance. There are five other ways to get into the area, but they can be hard to use when the tide is high, or the surf is rough. They are not maintained, and erosion is a constant problem, rendering them dangerous at times. In the early 2000s, plans were proposed for three new stairs, but the measure was voted down.

However, improvements are about to be made to some of the park, which will alleviate the situation. Unplanned trails will be closed, a network of planned trails will be realigned and rebuilt, most of the park will be regraded and rebuilt, and new overlooks, complete with informative signs, will be constructed. The construction should be finished during the summer of 2018. After that, there will be a 120-day period to help plants get established, followed by five years of maintenance to make sure they thrive.

In situations like this, officials could work with a banner printing company to create a vivid banner to make sure the closure is well marked.