Visitors who walk to the beach at scenic Andrew Molera State Park will be one step closer to accessing it year-round instead of only seasonally. This is because, for U&R’s annual volunteer project, we provided a pro bono land survey. It helps California State Parks staff develop a plan so that they can apply for funding for an accessible, permanent year-round bridge.

Currently, a low plank bridge provides access to the beach. It is removed during each winter and spring. The current bridge is just two feet wide — a difficult crossing for families with children and others less stable on their feet. Hand railings, easy approach ramps and a wider surface will make a permanent bridge safer.

“U&R has been a great help to California State Parks,” said State Parks Associate Civil Engineer Joan Carpenter. “Due to U&R’s volunteer project last year at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and the resulting donation, we are about to construct a new culvert. It will improve fish passage and help save the steelhead trout in the Big Sur River.”