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If you want a spectacular wildflower experience in the Bay Area, you don’t have to travel far: Mori Point in Pacifica is exploding with golden blooms, with bonus views of the wild ocean beyond.
“We talked to 1,000 users of this beach about what they love about this place and what they do here,” said Claire Mooney, vp of park places and innovation at the Parks Conservancy, who coordinated years of community meetings and outreach to neighbors and stakeholders. “There have been so many incredible people involved, and it is such a great opportunity for this site."
A two-year project to rehabilitate the facilities at China Beach kicked off Thursday, May 4, at a ceremony overlooking the beach, Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge. The project will cost around $25 million, $10 million of which has been fundraised by the Parks Conservancy.
Martine Glaros and Clint Josol, who work at the Parks Conservancy's Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery, helped compile a colorful informative guide to spring wildflower blooms. The Parks Conservancy has cultivated over 300 unique species of plants native to the Golden Gate National Parks in its native plant nurseries to preserve and restore park natural areas.
"People come here thinking it's a city backyard park," said Roberta Walker, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy retail manager for the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center. Walking along the coast at Lands End makes you feel like you've found your own secret path. Still, the trails here are well maintained and easy to follow.