Each year over 100,000 people tromp through a sensitive environmental wetlands and cross a dangerous active train track to access the world famous Trestles beach in Southern California. Fortunately, the Safe Trestles Competition recently unveiled five stunning solutions that pave a safe path to the beach while preserving this fragile ecosystem. The finalists showcase tangible low-impact solutions that could actually be built, are sensitive to the area, and reduce the danger of crossing the train tracks -- read on for a look at each one!
The Safe Trestles Competition kicked off in February, challenging architects and designers to come up with a way to safely access the famous Trestles beach in Southern California. Currently, over 100,000 people visit the famous surf break and beach each year. To get there, beach goers and surfers park off of the Old Pacific Highway 101, then walk through the wetland area, cross the tracks and then down to the beach. Over the years numerous paths have been cut through the area, disturbing the ecosystem, and it’s incredibly dangerous to cross active train tracks. Trestles beach has been threatened by development over the years and now that it’s finally safe from change, it’s time to make the beach safe to access.