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Oso Flaco Lake improvements, Option 1

A map in the preliminary Oceano Dunes Public Works Plan shows one of the concepts for improvements at Oso Flaco Lake.

Central Coast residents have until Tuesday, March 5, to submit comments about a proposed Oceano Dunes Public Works Plan that would make some sweeping changes at facilities from Oso Flaco Lake to the Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove.

California State Parks is preparing the long-range land use and management plan for Pismo State Beach and the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area for compliance with the California Coastal Act, according to information on the project website.

In addition to documenting existing conditions, the plan will consider projects to improve access for motorized and nonmotorized recreation all along the coastline.

It also will develop policies and programs for implementing the plan and management of the facilities and land.

Eight specific projects, with two alternatives for four of them, are proposed under the plan.

They include a campground, access to the Oceano Dunes SVRA, a wider entry road and off-highway vehicle facilities at Oso Flaco Lake and, at the site of the Beachfront Lodge and Conference Center in Grover Beach, providing open space areas, additional parking, equestrian staging and a State Parks District office.

Infrastructure improvements at Oceano Campground, improvements to the Pier Avenue and Grand Avenue beach entrances, a lifeguard tower at Pier Avenue and facility improvements at North Beach Campground are other projects included in the plan.

Additional public access improvements would be made to the Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove, an elevated boardwalk would connect Pier and Grand avenues and improvements would be made to the Park Corporation Yard near Grand.

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Changes to the Oso Flaco Lake area would likely have the greatest impacts on Guadalupe and Santa Maria.

Oso Flaco Road would be widened to handle large recreational vehicles and increased traffic and would provide a direct connection to a new southern entrance to Oceano Dunes SVRA.

An off-highway vehicle staging area, a practice track for youths and a flat track would be added along with a campground, a campfire area with an environmental education center, a picnic area, more day-use parking, a new entrance kiosk and more hiking trails with wayfinding and interpretive signs.

A lifeguard tower, restrooms and a gathering area at the beach and park staff housing, maintenance and other facilities near the lake would be constructed.

To protect the lakes, a 300-foot riparian buffer would be planted on their eastern sides.

The public can read about the project, see maps and diagrams of some of the plan alternatives and provide their comments about each one by visiting the project website at https://oceanodunespwp.com/en/about.

A link to a number of project-related documents is provided on the site, where individuals can sign up to receive email updates on the project.

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