Manor Bluff, Pacifica
Currently the Manor/Esplanade area and Manor bluff is one of Pacifica’s locations most in need of some love! Overlooking magnificent cliffs, magical sunsets and frequent visits by ocean life invite overnight campers. Strong winds swirl litter from the Post Office and Manor shopping center. Nearby, Esplanade Beach is a natural, relatively untouched and narrow shoreline experiencing erosion below Esplanade Avenue at West Manor Drive. While Esplanade beach is no longer accessible because of erosion, the Manor Bluff is and the adjoining street and small parklet is part of the CA Coastal Trail.
Site Captain: Meet Claudia Reinhart. She has been our site captain leading monthly Adopt-A-Beach cleanups at Esplanade Beach, as well as the pioneer of our Green Team established to revitalize Pacifica’s Manor business district since 2010. She is also active in our current cigarette litter campaign, involved in outreach and the local business program for Earth Day of Action, and participates in our 911 cleanups. She hosts “The Most Romantic” beach cleanup on Valentine’s Day and has welcomed the new year with a caring act on New Year’s Day out on Esplanade Beach. When you join a cleanup with Claudia, you’ll be learning from a dedicated environmental steward who is highly knowledgeable in land stewardship, Zero Waste and Leave No Trace philosophies, plastic pollution prevention and water conservation. Claudia is also a member of our Steering Committee.
Current Site Captain (while Claudia is out of town): Nancy K. Enge.
About the Cleanup:
Time: Third Saturday of the month from 9am to 11am. Plus additional special low tide adventures. Check our online monthly calendar for exact dates. Rain may cancel cleanup. If you’ve registered in advance, you’ll receive a cancellation notice. If you have not registered, check our calendar for the latest information.
Where to Meet: on the south corner of Esplanade Avenue and West Manor Drive (by the post office, across the street from Chit Chat Café)
Parking: Street parking only along Esplanade Avenue. There are no parking lots in the area. If it’s a great surfing or fishing day, you may find parking up on Palmetto Avenue (one block walk from the cleanup site).
Cleanup Areas: We’ll focus on the bluffs, Coastal Trail parklet to the south, and the nearby streets, where lots of litter and debris collects before the wind blows it into the ocean. Our goal is to pick it up before that happens! When the tides allow and the trail down to the beach is not too steep, we may also attempt to clean Esplanade Beach.
Supplies: Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own buckets and reusable gloves. Extra gloves, buckets, pickup sticks and specific tools for this site cleanup will be provided while supplies last. Because we are never sure of the weather, make sure to bring extra layers, a hat, sunblock, water and snacks.
Litter: Bottles, cans, wrappers, packing straps, cigarette butts, and plenty of debris can be found on Manor and Esplanade Streets above the bluff as well as on the bluff. Styrofoam and plastic can also Esplanade Beach when accessible receives a lot of styrofoam and plastic (huge chunks to micro size) from the ocean. Improperly-disposed litter includes bottles, candy wrappers, and dog poop bags.
Restrooms: The closest restroom to the cleanup location is located inside the Chit Chat Café across the street from our meeting location (remember to pick up a coffee, tea or muffin when there)!
Special Regulations & Precautions:
Dogs: While permitted off leash on Esplanade Beach, dogs should be on leash along the streets and on the bluff. Please be responsible and pick up your dog waste. Bags are available on walkway down to the beach.
The cliffs are fragile and can collapse at any time; remember to keep a very large distance from the edges and when on the beach do not climb on them.
Fires or BBQ grills and glass containers: Prohibited on beach.
Fireworks: Read the City of Pacifica’s Restrictions on the use of fireworks on our beaches.
Smoking: Prohibited on beach. Esplanade is a smoke-free beach under City of Pacifica ordinance subject to fines for violation since 2006.
Wildlife & Habitat Protection: Many sea and land birds visit the beach. During low tide, when the northern end of the beach is accessible, please control your pets from harassing the birds at the creek or the inhabitants of the tide pools in the rocks. Be careful walking in these areas to protect wildlife and to prevent slips, trips and falls.
Would You Like to Join Us? To make sure we bring the right amount of supplies, to be more efficient and conserve paper, please complete our online form. It will only take you a few seconds. Sign up here!
Make a Contribution to the Cleanup here:
Read About the Team in Action: Check out the Esplanade Beach Blog.
Manor Bluffs Beach Cleanup Location Map: