Fort Ord Dunes State Park
|Fort Ord Dunes State Park|
Coastal dunes at Ford Ord Dunes State Park
|Location||Monterey County, California, USA|
|Nearest city||Monterey, California|
|Area||980 acres (400 ha)|
|Governing body||California Department of Parks and Recreation|
Fort Ord Dunes State Park is a state park of California, USA, along 4 miles (6.4 km) of coastline on Monterey Bay and created from part of the now-closed Fort Ord. The park includes a boardwalk, a path to the beach, a 4-mile (6.4 km) road for walking and biking, and interpretive exhibits describing its former use as a military training area. As the dunes are a nesting area for sensitive species, public access is limited to the paths and trails.
The Fort Ord Dunes State Park encompasses coastal areas of the now-closed Fort Ord, a United States Army installation. The area once held 15 rifle ranges for the installation. After undergoing restoration work the landmark became a state park in 2009. Other areas of Fort Ord have become the Fort Ord National Monument or have been used for commercial or educational purposes.
Fort Ord Dunes State Park was one of the 48 California state parks proposed for closure in January 2008 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as part of a deficit reduction program.[dead link] The closures were ultimately avoided by cutting hours and maintenance system-wide.
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