Joy Unleashed at the Pismo Preserve Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Snap. The Pismo Preserve ribbon cutting ceremony took place on January 16, 2020. Joy unleashed signified the moment of completion of a four-year long project. Acquiring the land, raising money, building trails, creating a parking lot plan and finally building the parking and rest area of the Pismo Preserve while dealing with setbacks took up most of that time frame. The official open date for the public to enjoy access to the Pismo Preserve is January 25, 2020.

Pismo Preserve Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Guests

Over 200 guests enjoyed the January 16 Pismo Preserve ribbon cutting ceremony. The guests represented the donors, the trail builders, Chumash tribe members, the volunteers, the hikers, the biking community, the equestrian community, kids exploring the Preserve and tireless workers of the Land Conservancy who have seen this project to completion.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Daniel Bolhman, Deputy Director carries on with rain pelting down

Daniel Bolhman, Deputy Director of the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo emceed the event which highlighted guests and speakers from the Chumash tribe, the Chamber of Commerce, the County Board of Supervisors, Wildlife Conservation Board, State Coastal Conservancy and more. Kaila Dettman, Executive Director of the LCSLO spoke last and thanked the myriad of people who played a role in seeing this project through.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Tent at the end of the Pismo Preserve parking lot

The ceremony took place at the end of the parking lot, during a wind and rain storm which reached its peak while guests huddled under a clear tent set up just for the weather.

The ribbon is cut with pruning shears

Kaila and Daniel together cut the red ribbon while joy spread across their faces. They know they have been part of something much larger than themselves. Each being a part of creating something to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Official Open Date for the Pismo Preserve

The official date for visitors to have access to the Pismo Preserve is January 25, 2020. There will be an Equestrian parking registration system which will allow you to secure a parking spot for a time frame of 6:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00pm to closing. There is room for three rigs to park in the designated Equestrian parking area head to tail. More info is coming very soon on exactly how this system will work.

Horse trailers will line up head to tail along the east rim of the parking lot.

Start making plans to enjoy the Pismo Preserve trails as either an equestrian, hiker or biker. Please note: the trails will be multi-use and on-going education of all users will ensure everyone can enjoy the trails together.

On going education will help everyone share the adventure

Photo credit: Sharon Jantzen Photos

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