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Currently, the Esplanade area including the streets and bluffs is the Pacifica location most in need of love! Overlooking magnificent cliffs, magical sunsets, and frequent visits by ocean life invite overnight campers on Esplanade Ave sometimes litter the streets, and the strong winds from the business district swirl to litter the bluff. Esplanade Beach is a natural, relatively untouched, and narrow shoreline experiencing erosion below the entire length of Esplanade Avenue.
Site Captains: Aisling, Myla, Gail, and Frank.
About the Cleanup:
Time: 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am to 11am.
Where to Meet: Meet at the top of the stairs on Esplanade Avenue next to Oceanaire Apartments (100 Esplanade Ave, Pacifica, CA).
Parking: Street parking only along Esplanade Avenue. There are no parking lots in the area. If it’s a great surfing or fishing day, you may find parking up on Bill Drake Way or Palmetto Avenue (one block walk from the cleanup site).
Cleanup Areas: We’ll focus on the bluffs, Coastal Trail parklet to the south, and the nearby streets, where lots of litter and debris collects before the wind blows it into the ocean. Our goal is to pick it up before that happens! When the trail down to the beach is accessible we will cover as much of the beach as the tides allow.
Supplies: Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own buckets and reusable gloves. Extra gloves and buckets for this site cleanup will be provided while supplies last. Because we are never sure of the weather, make sure to bring extra layers, a hat, sunblock, water and snacks.
Litter: Bottles, cans, wrappers, packing straps, cigarette butts, and plenty of debris can be found on Manor and Esplanade Streets above the bluff as well as on the bluff. Esplanade Beach when accessible receives a lot of styrofoam and plastic (huge chunks to micro size) from the ocean. Improperly-disposed litter includes bottles, candy wrappers, and dog duty bags.
Restrooms: The closest restroom to the cleanup location is located inside the Chit Chat Café several blocks away from our meeting location (remember to pick up a coffee, tea or muffin when there)!
Great for families. Bring the kids and friends to beach cleanups and restoration projects. See where plastics end up and why it’s important to reduce plastic use and commit to more sustainable agriculture and fishing with less adverse human impact.
Be sure to RSVP, sign a waiver (if applicable) and check with the mentioned organizer to confirm details in advance.
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