An Introduction to Beautify Lunada Bay

Tired of the neglected bluff top and parkland areas in Lunada Bay? The LBHOA has been sponsoring an initiative called Beautify Lunada Bay (BLB). Our goal is to enhance the neglected open space with native, low maintenance plants and pathways.

Why Beautify Lunada Bay?

With beautiful homes and spectacular ocean views what is left to “beautify”?

  • A close look will reveal there are areas that truly need our help.
  • Visit our ocean bluff tops and look where you are standing. What do you see?
    – No defined and inviting walking paths
    – No drought tolerant vegetation.
    – Few birds or butterflies.
  • Instead, you’ll see barren dirt, mown weeds or a generous dumping of wood chips.

Rather than features to enhance our community, these open space areas are neglected. We can do better, much better.

Photo of Current Pilot Project Site

The Lunada Bay Homeowners Association has initiated the Beautify Lunada Bay (BLB) project as a joint effort with the City of Palos Verdes Estates and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. Its goals are to improve open space areas by:

 

 

  • Clearing weeds and debris.
  • Planting low water, low maintenance plants.
  • Installing walking trails.
  • Providing places to pause and enjoy the view.

The Plan & Phase 1 Pilot Project

The LBHOA plan includes the overall vision and describes a Phase 1 Pilot Project that will “Beautify” about one acre of Lunada Canyon open space across the street from Lunada Bay Elementary School. This site was chosen due to its visibility, extensive use, and educational benefits.

The pilot project will:

  • Incorporate and demonstrate the type of plants that could be used in other bluff-top areas — even in private residence landscape projects.
  • Include a short segment of a walking path with seating areas. The pilot would provide experience and understanding for the extended bluff-top restoration.

To initiate the pilot project, we need to raise an estimated $80,000. Funds will be used for preparing the ground, installing plants and a drip-water system, establishing a trail segment, and three years of maintenance. Key features are:

  • Lunada Bay residents and the City would lead the funding and implementation of the Pilot Project.
  • The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC), an organization that has restored hundreds of acres of habitat on the peninsula and has the experience to ensure success will be asked to provide guidance and assistance.

This Pilot Project will demonstrate to State and Federal agencies and other long-term grant sources that our community has a viable plan and is committed to maintaining and upgrading our open space heritage, to water conservation, and to habitat enhancement.