For Immediate Release: 3/16/2023

California State Parks Provides Seacliff State Beach Update

Link to photos and video

Work to remove severely damaged pier to commence March 20, 2023

APTOS, Calif.— California State Parks today announced a commence work date of March 20, 2023, for the severely damaged pier at Seacliff State Beach following recent historic storms. The demolition is expected to take six weeks and will leave no visible portions of the pier. Attempts will be made to remove items from the pier prior to demolition, including the lifeguard tower and memorial benches.

Recent storms destroyed over half of the pier and severely damaged the remaining structure. State Parks, in consultation with structural engineers, assessed the current integrity and condition of the remaining pier structure. The final assessment determined that damage to the pier is extensive, and the remaining structure is in a state of imminent collapse and should be removed as soon as possible.

Public access will be limited from the waterline to the bluffs during the demolition work – Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- to mitigate safety hazards, see graphic below. The visitor center will be open during normal operational hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and after Memorial Day weekend, seven days a week.

Graphic of Construction Zone

For information on the state beach or to join its mailing list, please visit To view more photos and a video of the damage, click here.

The historic winter storms damaged over half of the pier at Seacliff State Beach. Photos from California State Parks.
The historic winter storms damaged over half of the pier at Seacliff State Beach.
For more photos and a video showing the damage, click here. Photos from California State Parks.

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