Discovery of Chumash sites delays California park opening
Posted September 19
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — The opening of a central California park boasting panoramic ocean views has been delayed for two years following the discovery of numerous Native American cultural sites.
The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2dehgR2) the 900-acre Pismo Preserve won't be completely available to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians until at least 2018.
The full property, which features 11 miles of newly built trails, had been scheduled to open later this year.
The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County says several Chumash archaeological sites will have to be excavated and inventoried — a process that takes months.
Executive Director Kaila Dettman says the Chumash used the coastal terraces for thousands of years.
Officials will also install additional public safety improvements.
The conservancy bought the land in 2014 with $12 million in public and private donations.