MALIBU—The City of Malibu is encouraging residents to participate in a survey that is designed to obtain community input on three different park designs for the Bluffs Parkland project. The project will be an expansion of open space and recreational opportunities for the city, according to the City of Malibu website.
The survey will be available online to residents until January 29.
“Bluffs Parkland will be a treasure of accessible, natural, green open space and recreational opportunities for Malibu, and strong community input is crucial to ensure that it will truly be a reflection of who we are,” said Mayor Laura Rosenthal. “This survey offers the chance to help shape the future of our community, so I urge all Malibu stakeholders to participate.”
The Bluffs Parkland Master Plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) cover 83 acres of undeveloped open space and 10 acres of developed park space. Back in 2013, Malibu and the City of Santa Monica agreed to exchange over 525 acres of the City-owned Charmlee Wilderness Park for approximately 83 acres of vacant land that was near Malibu Bluff Park.
On October 14, 2015, the City Council agreed on various park design priorities that were determined by extensive community outreach efforts that involved public meetings, workshops, focus groups and surveys. Malibu City Council put project consultants in charge of drafting 3 park design options based on community input, where all approved amenities to be included in each design.
Such amenities included multi-use trails, soccer fields, baseball fields, basketball courts, natural habitat, a public pool and aquatic center, a multi-generational community center, skate park, amphitheater, dog park and a walking path on PCH. The City is now asking for community input on the park designs to make a final decision on which park design the City Council will review. All feedback received from the survey will be presented with the three designs at the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on February 19. Members of the community are encouraged to attend the meeting.
For residents to view the designs they can visit the Bluffs Parkland web page at www.malibucity.org/BluffsParkland to see maps and descriptions for each of the three design options. Also available on the site is a chart to view the side-by-side comparisons of the various features and a link to the online survey.
For more information about the project or the survey, contact Amy Crittenden, Recreation Manager, at 310-456-2489, ext. 337. Approval for the project could happen as early as May 2016.