Topanga State Park Planning Workshop Postponed – Meanwhile, Speak Up at May 13 Meeting

What do you want for Topanga State Park?

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) is formulating a new General Plan for Topanga State Park, including Lower Topanga. The Plan is intended to guide the development of the entire park for the foreseeable future.

A CDPR Public workshop, originally scheduled for May 11 in Temescal Canyon Gateway Park (see “Topanga State Park General Plan Public Meeting…,” Messenger, Vol 34, No. 7, (April 8, 2010)), has been postponed until early summer, either June or July.

As part of the process of creating the plan, State Parks is required to solicit and consider the input of local stakeholders. Especially because our community is so closely connected to the Park, we Topangans have the right and responsibility to give our input. Although it is not guaranteed, it is possible that our input will be incorporated into the plan, and that the plan will be adhered to once it is finalized. At the very least, it is essential that we put our ideas and concerns on the record.

To gather community input and to try to establish as much consensus as possible, the Topanga Creek Watershed Committee is hosting a public meeting at the Community House on Thursday May 13, at 6 p.m. in the Penny Room. Please come to this meeting and make your voice heard.

What do you want to see in the park, and why? What do you not want to see, and why? Some things to think about:

• Fire safety

• Herbicides

• Invasive plants

• Current and potential structures and trails

• What to do in Lower Topanga

• Equestrian activity/mountain bikes

• Current/future restaurants and shops at PCH and Topanga

Please check the Department’s websites for information regarding the General Plan workshop: www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25956 and www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=983. The department will also send notifications to interested parties and organizations when a final date has been determined.