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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, May 8, 2012

UCSB Campus Point Stairway Ribbon Cutting

The Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) and AS Coastal Fund will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the Campus Point stairway.


The ceremony will be Thursday, May 17th at 12pm. The new stairway features three viewing platforms and benches. The bluffs around Campus Point have been a hazardous access area for years and these stairs provide a safe and exciting new addition to the popular area.

This new access amenity was made possible with multiple grants totaling $90,000 from AS Coastal Fund and funding from the State Coastal Conservancy. Constructed by Tomar Construction and designed by VanAtta Associates, this stairway was a part of the Campus Lagoon Management Plan approved last year by the Coastal Commission. As manager of the Campus Lagoon area, CCBER has been coordinating the project and is implementing restoration adjacent to the stairway.

This staircase provides significantly enhanced access up to Campus Point and reduces the erosion impact that people were having on the sandy bluff. The stairs feature spectacular views of both the ocean and mountain ranges, and convenient resting areas for enjoying the tranquility of the lagoon. The staircase was designed to be sustainable and long lasting with recycled plastic wood decking, pressure treated beams and sustainably harvested redwood features.

The Cheadle Center supports research, collections management, ecosystem management, restoration, conservation, and K-12 academic preparation and community education.

Coastal Fund is a student-funded, student-run organization that serves to preserve, protect, and enhance the terrestrial and marine habitats associated with the UCSB shoreline. Since the fall of 1999, Coastal Fund has granted $1.68 million to over 400 local projects and programs.

For more information on projects and funding opportunities visit www.coastalfund.as.ucsb.edu/index.php.

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