Grand Opening held for Harbaugh Seaside Trails


Nature Collective, the nonprofit that stewards lands such as San Elijo Lagoon, held the grand opening of Harbaugh Seaside Trails Feb. 22. The event honored many supporters, including The Harbaugh Foundation. Collectively, every donation helped Nature Collective save stunning and uninterrupted coastal views from development.

Harbaugh Seaside Trails is the three-acre coastal overlook, designated permanent open space for all, linking Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Solana Beach along historic Coast Highway 101.

“The grand opening of Harbaugh Seaside Trails is a long-awaited milestone rooted in community spirit,” says Doug Gibson, Nature Collective executive director. “So many people collectively worked together with us to save these views in a symbol of love for community and nature for generations.”

During the ceremony, hundreds of guests had the opportunity to tour the new trail for the first time. Native plants were installed on the property by community volunteers this past fall. The donor monument carries through the Coastal Rail Trail mosaic art theme with depictions of lagoon life embedded in handmade tiles. The shell-shaped viewing deck offers sunset watching and peaceful contemplation in nature.

A time capsule was dedicated by community leaders—to be reopened in 2050.

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