SITE 2
BEACHFRONT PARK

Directions: Go 0.3 mile west on Front Street, turn south on Stamps Way into Beachfront Park, go 0.15 mile to Howe Drive, turn right, park anywhere along south side of Howe Drive.

Amenities:

camping restrooms lodging food gas accessible bird by car picnic area

Sponsor:
Hampton Inn & Suites
 
Description:
This grassy park with scattered shore pines is a great place to look in the early morning for migrating songbirds. The large soccer fields situated around the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center attract groups of shorebirds during heavy rains and strong winds, including such rock-loving species as Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, and Surfbird. Aleutian Cackling and Brant Geese have been observed in the fields on occasion.
 
beachfront park map
 
Points of Interest
The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center (0.2 mile west on Howe Drive) rehabilitates injured adult seals and sea lions or their orphaned pups. Several pens are located behind a chain link fence on the perimeter of the facility. Visitors are welcome to visit, talk with volunteers, learn about the center, and browse the center’s nature store. 

History: Before1964, Howe Drive and Beachfront Park did not exist. The area was originally a sandy beach that bordered Front Street. The 12-foot tsunami that hit the town following the 1964 Anchorage, Alaska earthquake inundated this area as well as several blocks of Crescent City’s downtown. Reclamation of the harbor included massive dredging. The sand and debris removed were used as fill and to build a higher waterfront buffer for the city. The resulting Beachfront Park provides a gathering place for community recreation activities such as league soccer games, festivals, and cultural events.
 

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