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It's an environmental learning experience for children of all ages.
It's home to five coastal habitats and Southern California's only coastal prairie.
It's an oasis.
It's an environmental cleaning machine for the ocean.
It's the heart of Malibu. It's one smart park.

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The Legacy Park Project, the centerpiece of the City of Malibu's more than $50 million dollar commitment to clean water, is a cutting-edge concept with far-reaching civic, educational, and environmental benefits for residents, visitors, and the generations to come. Employing state-of-the-art technology, it is a central park that will work as an environmental cleaning machine, reducing pollution impacts in Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon, and the world-famous Surfrider Beach, and will provide a living learning center for five coastal habitats.

A multi-benefit project for the environment and the region, it responds to three critical needs:

  1. Bacteria reduction by stormwater treatment.
  2. Restoration and development of riparian habitats.
  3. The development of an open space area for passive recreation and environmental education.

The Malibu Legacy Park Project seeks to reduce the amount of effluent entering Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon and Surfrider Beach. The City of Malibu commissioned a number of studies that have determined that high-risk areas of the Civic Center may contribute nutrients or bacteria to the groundwater affecting Malibu Creek and Lagoon.

The Malibu Legacy Park Project proposes to construct a wastewater reclamation system that will consist of a state-of-the-art tertiary treatment system that will be designed and operated to meet California Code of Regulations, Title 22 for unrestricted water recycling. Additionally, the dispersal system will have no surface discharge of treated wastewater to Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon or the Pacific Ocean. For details, read the project White Paper.

The 17-acre Malibu Legacy Park Project will be constructed in the heart of Malibu and is bordered by Pacific Coast Highway on the south, Cross Creek Road on the east, Webb Way on the west, and Civic Center Way on the north.

City Manager Jim Thorsen leads the Malibu Legacy Park Project team. Contact him at 310.456.2489, ext. 226, to arrange interviews or tours.



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