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Santa Barbara Looks At Limiting Access In Popular Park Due To New Landslide Threat

Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:04am

The City of Santa Barbara is hoping to finalize plans this week for some key safety improvements to a popular park, including permanently closing a scenic viewpoint.

The City is hoping to deal with issues stemming from a 2008 landslide in Shoreline Park, as well as concerns about MacGillvray Point.

A plan developed by the Parks and Recreation department calls for several projects, including sidewalk and fencing replacement around the landslide area, new fencing to block access MacGillvray Point, and replacement of the original park pole lights.

Officials say a geological study shows that there is a substantial risk of a new landslide at the point, prompting them to reluctantly recommend closing it to public access.

The City’s Planning Commission is set to look at the plan when it meets at Santa Barbara City Hall Thursday afternoon.

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