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19 Feb, 2010

Contest Invites Public to Create Trestles Low Impact Plan

Posted by: Beach Reporter In: beaches| california| events

Architecture for Humanity invites the public to enter their ideas into a contest to help Trestles, one of Southern California’s most celebrated surfing beaches.  Access to Trestles is under threat due to safety and environmental concerns such as impromptu manmade paths that host over 100,000 beach-goers each year.

A coalition of concerned groups organized by the volunteer non-profit Architecture for Humanity,  recently launched  “Safe Trestles,” an open-to-all, two-stage design competition to create a safe pathway to serve surfers, the local coastal community and day visitors to San Onofre State Beach.

The coalition is looking for cohesive designs that:

  • Eliminate the danger of crossing active train tracks
  • Help to restore marshlands that have been damaged by the present path
  • Preserve and improve vistas
  • Offer education about the history of the site and the beach marsh environment
  • Adheres to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards

The public is invited to participate in this conceptual design process, offering their ideas for appropriate low-impact trail improvements and at-grade or sub-grade rail-crossing designs that will assure safe coastal access to Trestles for the generations to come.

Contest details:

  • Registration Deadline: March 17, 2010
  • Submission Deadline: April 17, 2010
  • Entry Fee: $20 USD
  • Award: up to 5 Finalists: awarded Phase 2 design stipend of $2,000.
  • Registration & submission online:
  • Winners Announced: May 1, 2010 at Nike 6.0 Lowers Pro Event
  • Phase Two - Schematic Design Begins: May 04, 2010
  • Winners Announced: September 1, 2010 at WTC Hurley Pro Event
  • Open To: Pros - licensed architects and professional designers. Amateurs – students and non-design professionals

Competition Partners:

Architecture For Humanity is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need.

San Onofre Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide education, protection, and preservation for the California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches.

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.

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