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Camino Corto Master Plan & Implementation

To many, the words "Isla Vista" conjures up images of densely packed college students. However, tucked away quietly in the western corner of Isla Vista sits 24 acres of open space with vernal pools, vernal marshes, riparian habitats, native grasslands, and coastal scrub. The area, known as Camino Corto, provides an important ecological transitional zone from the Isla Vista mesa to the nearby Devereux Slough.

The County, the Isla Vista Recreation & Park District (IVRPD), and the community of Isla Vista worked closely preparing a master plan that balanced preservation of coastal habitat and development of passive and active recreation onsite. Recognizing this difficult balancing act, the American Planning Association presented the County with an "Outstanding Planning Project Award" for the master plan for this site.

This master plan has not collected dust while sitting unopened on a bookshelf. The County and the IVDPD turned words into a park enjoyed by all. Ducks, Great egrets, Great-blue herons, and many shorebirds enjoy the restored wetlands onsite. Students, children, and residents of the Isla Vista area walk along the network of trails and learn about the unique vernal pools onsite through intrepretative signs.


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