Fort Ord Dunes State Park

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Fort Ord Dunes State Park
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Coastal dunes at Ford Ord Dunes State Park
Map showing the location of Fort Ord Dunes State Park
Map showing the location of Fort Ord Dunes State Park
Map showing the location of Fort Ord Dunes State Park
Map showing the location of Fort Ord Dunes State Park
Location Monterey County, California, USA
Nearest city Monterey, California
Coordinates 36°39′16″N 121°49′20″W / 36.65444°N 121.82222°W / 36.65444; -121.82222Coordinates: 36°39′16″N 121°49′20″W / 36.65444°N 121.82222°W / 36.65444; -121.82222
Area 980 acres (400 ha)
Established 2009
Governing body California Department of Parks and Recreation

Fort Ord Dunes State Park is a state park of California, USA, along 4 miles (6.4 km) of coastline on Monterey Bay and created from part of the now-closed Fort Ord. The park includes a boardwalk, a path to the beach, a 4-mile (6.4 km) road for walking and biking, and interpretive exhibits describing its former use as a military training area. As the dunes are a nesting area for sensitive species, public access is limited to the paths and trails.

History

The Fort Ord Dunes State Park encompasses coastal areas of the now-closed Fort Ord, a United States Army installation. The area once held 15 rifle ranges for the installation.[1] After undergoing restoration work the landmark became a state park in 2009.[2] The land was transferred as a public benefit conveyance to the State by the National Park Service through the Federal Lands to Parks Program. The conveyance, at no cost to the State, requires that the land be used only for public park and recreation area purposes in perpetuity, with the federal government retaining a reversionary interest if the terms of the deed are not met.[3] Other areas of Fort Ord have become the Fort Ord National Monument or have been used for commercial or educational purposes.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park was one of the 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program.[4] The closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ Bischoff, Matt C. "Fort Ord Dunes State Park". Fort Ord Alumni Association. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  2. ^ Cooper, Jeanne (2010-01-24). "Fort Ord Dunes now a state park". San Francisco Chronicle. San Francisco, Calif. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 
  3. ^ Conveyance of federal surplus property for public park purposes is authorized by the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended, esp. by the Federal Lands for Parks and Recreation Act of 1969; P.L.91-485; 40 U.S.C. §550(e).
  4. ^ CBS5.com: List Of Calif. Parks To Close In Budget Proposal Archived February 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ McGreevy, Patrick; Sahagun, Louis (2009-09-26). "State parks to stay open, but with cuts in hours, staffing". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif. Retrieved 2011-12-30. 

External links

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