Muir Beach Reopens After 6-Month Restoration Project

Cosco Busan oil spill settlement funded the project.

Muir Beach waves. Credit: Anil Agiral/Wikimedia Commons
Muir Beach waves. Credit: Anil Agiral/Wikimedia Commons

For the first time in six months, Muir Beach is open to the public.

The Marin County beach reopened Saturday after getting a $4 million facelift that includes a new parking lot, new restrooms, restored wetlands and an extended bridge overlooking the wetlands, according to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Construction on the parking lot began in July, essentially blocking off the beach to visitors.

Meanwhile, crews worked to improve the transfer of water from the beach's adjoining network of wetlands, lagoon and dunes, which is home to a number of birds, amphibians, salmon and trout in addition to wetland plants.

The restoration work was largely funded by settlement money from the 2007 oil spill from the Cosco Busan freighter.

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