Pacific Palisades : Plans for Park OKd

The California Coastal Commission has approved a plan by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy that includes building a parking lot for 89 vehicles next to Sunset Boulevard in Temescal Gateway Park.

Conservancy officials said the parking lot will replace one near the center of the 20.5-acre park. As part of the improvements, a road leading into the park will be removed. In addition, the conservancy said work will begin soon to add picnic and play areas, restrooms, and trail enhancements.

The state panel approved the changes last week at its meeting in Marina del Rey.

Some neighbors, including the Presbyterian Synod of Southern California, opposed the plan. The synod, which owns and operates a conference center in Temescal Canyon, contends that a proposed trail linking the park to the Santa Monica Mountains would provide public access across its property without its consent.

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