The 47th annual meeting of Laguna Greenbelt Inc. on February 12, 2015 featured a presentation about the Laguna Canyon Creek Restoration Plan, a grassroots project that is being championed by Greenbelt board members. Board member and landscape architect Bob Borthwick walked audience members through the recommendations in this plan, which was funded by the Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation.
The intention of the plan is not to replicate the original, natural condition of Laguna Canyon Creek, but to restore the spirit of the creek through aesthetic and environmental enhancements. Recommendations include planting trees, removing invasive plants that choke the watercourse, improving the appearance of fencing and channel walls, and introducing trails that follow the creek through the canyon.
The creek traverses the James Dilley Preserve entrance, which would benefit from additional native trees and plants as well as upgrades to the fence, gate, shade structure, restroom enclosure, and educational displays. These recommendations are included in the plan.
On April 14, 2015, the Laguna Beach City Council voted 5-0 to support the plan. The plan’s proposals are for the most part simple and inexpensive, and can be tackled individually as funding is identified.