With the completion of twin bypass tunnels in late 2012, Caltrans will hand over the treacherous ribbon of asphalt to the San Mateo County Parks Department, which will embark on a yearlong project to turn it into a park offering breathtaking views of the ocean and coastline. It's a once-a-generation addition to the county parks system. The problem is, the department already is strapped for cash. "The timing couldn't be worse," said Dave Holland, the former head of parks who is now assistant county manager.
The park will have multiple draws for outdoors enthusiasts. It will provide a link between McNee Ranch State Park and Gray Whale Cove State Beach to the south and the Pedro Point Headlands to the north. The headlands, a rugged promontory on the southern boundary of Pacifica, will be accessible to the public as never before. But with Caltrans out of the picture, the county likely will not have enough money to clear the new trail in the event of a major slide, meaning it could ultimately be cleaved in two, barring north-south access. If that occurs, the full glory of Devils Slide may turn out to be a spectacular but temporary experience. More, including comments from Pacifica Activists...
Submitted by Jim Wagner
Posted with picture chosen by Kathy Meeh