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Contact Information:
SCNP Council President
Park and Recreation supervisor

The Park Master Plan:
The development of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park is guided by the master plan approved by the San Diego City and by the California Coastal Commission in 2005. To see a copy of the plan, click here

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council Meetings:
Meetings are held the first Monday of each month (second Monday if the first is a holiday) from 6:45 to 8:15 pm at the Cabrillo Recreation Center
3051 Canon Street
San Diego, CA 92106
The public is welcome to attend.
The past minutes (in pdf format) of Council meetings:

  January 2020
  December 2019
  November 2019
  October 2019
  September 2019
  August 2019
  July 2019
  June 2019
  May 2019
  April 2019

Work Parties:
Watch here for notice of upcoming cleanups and restoration events conducted by I Love a Clean San Diego and Surfriders.

Revegetation work parties are held from November through March each year from 9 am to noon unless otherwise noted. Meet south of the Ladera parking lot. Additional work parties can be planned for volunteer organizations.

Schedule: January 25, 2020

Contact for more information:
Work party information


Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Information

A Major Imporvement Project Begins

A project for Sunset Cliffs Natural Park that has been in the planning stages for over a decade is entering the construction phase in 2018. This project, called the Hillside Improvements Project, provides improvements to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park will provide safe pedestrian access with ADA access and 35 acres of restored native habitat. For more details click here.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park (SCNP) is a 68-acre City of San Diego regional park which extends 1½ miles along the Point Loma peninsula's western shoreline. This unique coastal environment features expansive ocean views, dramatic cliff formations and caves, a fascinating intertidal area, and native coastal sage scrub habitat which provides connectivity to the adjacent Point Loma Ecological Reserve. Sunset Cliffs has long served as an attraction for San Diego residents as well as national and international visitors.

The 18-acre Linear Section extends from Adair Street on the north to Ladera Street on the south and is bordered on the east by Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The fifty acre Hillside Section extends from Ladera Street south to the Navy property and is bordered by Point Loma Nazarene University on the east.

The Hillside Section can be accessed at the corner of Ladera Street and Cornish Drive or through the Lomaland entrance from Catalina Boulevard.

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The Master Plan

The City of San Diego contracted with Van Dyke and Associates to draft the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Master Plan. Through many years of broad based input and numerous well attended community meetings, the majority of the community consistently supported the concept of a natural, open space coastal park. A major goal of the master plan is the development of a comprehensive drainage plan which will reduce unnecessary erosion and the loss of irreplaceable parkland. The master plan focuses on restoration, preservation, and improving public access. Following completion of the master plan, a Master Environmental Impact Review (MEIR) reviewed the plan from an environmental perspective.

The City of San Diego's extensive public approval process included formal approval of the master plan by the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council, the Coastal Area Committee of the San Diego Park and Recreation Board, the San Diego Park and Recreation Board, the City of San Diego's Design Review Committee, the San Diego Planning Commission and the San Diego City Council. The final step was approval by the California Coastal Commission in 2005. The vision statement for the Park states: “Create a Park where people can enjoy San Diego's natural coastal environment as it once was, free from the effects of man and intended to inspire the user to reflect on the grandeur of the sea, and the beauty of the cliffs that are Point Loma.”

Current Projects

All projects are consistent with the approved Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Master Plan and are under the direction/approval of the City of San Diego's Park and Recreation and/or Engineering Departments. 

  • Comprehensive Drainage Study by Dudek and Associates – Upon completion of the study, detailed design plans will be developed, reviewed environmentally, approved, and implemented.
  • Coastal Conservancy Grant Project for the Hillside Section - This includes restoration in the Hillside Section with removal of incompatible features, native habitat restoration, improved access trails, benches, etc. The initial 18 month phase includes design, environmental review, and permitting.
  • Demonstration Garden in the Hillside Section which features native plants
  • Clean Up Projects

This photo, taken in July 2013, shows the contrast between the area restored in January 2013 to the right and the non-native annual weeds to the left. The restoration effort in fall 2013 added nearly 1,000 native plants to the area.

This is a view of the same area in February 2016 after two years of growth.

The area as seen in March 2019.
For information: SCNP information