Posted by: Stan Russell | March 8, 2013

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park – Renovation Grand Opening April 5, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release Contact: Patricia Clark-Gray
Date: March 6, 2013 Phone No.: (831) 649-2855
Email Address:

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park – Renovation Grand Opening

Please join California State Park staff on Friday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., to celebrate the renovation of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. The park underwent an extensive construction project from the fall of 2008 through February 2013. The work was identified in the General Plan and was designed to fix confusing traffic circulation patterns and to reduce the environmental degradation of the majestic redwood groves and the bank of the Big Sur River.

The improvements resulted in a new entrance and campground booth, new permanent pedestrian bridge, new vehicle bridge, new Nature Center, safer access to the Pfeiffer Falls trailhead, and consolidated roads leading to the Big Sur Lodge. There will be tours of the new bridges, deck, and trails; and there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception.

Joan Carpenter, State Parks Civil Engineer, will lead a walking tour of the new vehicle bridge that connects the Day Use area to the campground. The tour is one mile long and will take one hour from Day Use Lot #1 to the bridge and back. Meet at Day Use Lot #1 at 9:15 a.m. or Day Use Lot #3 at 9:30 a.m.

State Park Interpreter Sara Howlett will lead a walk of the new river trail and pedestrian bridge. This 45-minute tour will loop around the new trail and is approximately three quarters of a mile long. She will explore redwood ecology, flora, and fauna along the way. Meet and park in Day Use Lot #1 at 10:15 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the contractor, Herback General Engineering, and the State Park staff involved in all phases of the project will be thanked. We will conclude with a ribbon cutting and cake. The welcome and grand-opening ceremony will take place on the redwood observation deck adjacent to the Big Sur Lodge. Parking is available in Day Use Lots #1 and #2. Light refreshments, provided by the Big Sur Lodge, will follow.

For all the events listed, sign up using the event website at

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