Laguna Beach, CA – The City of Laguna Beach cut the ribbon Tuesday on a newly renovated pedestrian access to the beach at Thalia Street, making the iconic California surf spot more accessible, safer, and user-friendly for pedestrians and beachgoers.
“Our beach access points are often the place residents and visitors get their first glimpse at Laguna’s beautiful beaches,” said Shohreh Dupuis, Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Works. “We want to make sure these vantage points and stairways are safe, updated and ADA compliant so that everyone can enjoy access to the beach.”
The City’s improvements to the Thalia access consisted of replacing the entire stairway, creating new overlook points, adding drought-resistant landscaping, seating, benches, a dual bike rack, and replacing the lighting. Staircases were made wider, to accommodate beachgoers with beach chairs and beach bags or surfers toting surfboards. The new stairs are also constructed deeper into the sand at the bottom for when the beach recedes during the winter months. As a popular place for stand-up paddlers and surfers to meet, the new seating area at the Thalia Street access will also provide a broader space to gather and unload gear.
The renovations are part of a continuing effort by the City to improve the beach access experience for residents and visitors and were paid from the City’s Capital Improvement Fund.
“We want the walk down to the beach to become a part of the whole Laguna Beach experience,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede. “Kind of like walking through the woods and coming upon a sunny clearing.”
Over the last 10 years, the City has renovated access points at five other beaches, including Circle Way, Brooks, Diamond and Oak Streets, and Mountain Road. The Agate Street access is currently under construction, and design work at Pearl and Anita Streets is underway.
“Our beaches are the crown jewels of what makes Laguna so special,” said Zur Schmiede. “Safe, easy access to them for our visitors is a priority.”
Fun Facts: Thalia Street Beach is known as one of the best learning-to-surf beaches in Laguna, with a gentle wave break that is easy enough for beginning surfers but never dull for those with more experience.