The public has until Oct. 30 to provide input to California State Parks on the future of Seacliff and New Brighton State Beaches to help protect these beaches from the impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise and extreme weather.

Members of the public are invited to participate in an online survey to share information on preferred recreational activities and what they value when visiting the parks. More than 2,000 people have participated in the short, online surveys since the beginning of September, California State Parks said in a news release.

According to the agency, the historic storms that impacted California’s communities this past winter and damaged Seacliff and New Brighton State Beaches are evidence of a new reality the state’s shoreline faces because of climate change.

“As State Parks develops plans to restore services and amenities for visitors, providing climate-resilient facilities will be a critical consideration,” the agency stated, adding that public engagement will be key to the success of its efforts.

Dozens of anglers fish from the pier at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos on Aug. 3, 2014 — memories of how things used to be before a series of powerful storms destroyed the pier in February. The beach and its attractions are being repaired, and California State Parks is surveying the public to find out what amenities they'd like to see. (Kevin Pedronan/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND)

The public outreach and engagement are part of the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Alternatives Study, which is analyzing the parks in the context of climate change and sea level rise. The study, expected to be completed in 2024, will evaluate options and opportunities moving forward.

The landing page for both surveys, in English and in Spanish, can be accessed directly. The survey is confidential and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey will close on Monday, Oct. 30.

Information on future public engagement opportunities and project updates will be shared on social media and by email. Members of the public can visit the Seacliff State Beach home page to sign up to receive updates and view social media links.

The recovery process is supported by the local nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. As operating partners with State Parks, the organization has established the Seacliff State Beach Recovery Fund. The fund provides short-term support, followed by investments in long-term recovery work to ensure public access and environmental protection at Seacliff State Beach.