Earth-moving equipment is contouring a new parking lot and amphitheater at the lower level of the site, while the old trailer park configuration makes a perfect RV park on the upper property, Kramer said.
The terraced RV sites will maximize ocean views and should be a big draw when the park opens.
But this highly anticipated park — one of the last expected to be built along the California coast — is creating a number of issues for its nearest neighbor, El Morro Elementary School.
The park project — which survived state budget cuts and years of legal challenges — has a new wrinkle: concerns about how it will affect the school, which is located due north of the park grounds.
Opening up the park to RVs and the expected popularity of the park with its spectacular ocean views and adjacency to beautiful Crystal Cove itself has raised many parent concerns.
Some of the issues — including the fact that the RV campground will be located close to the school — have been resolved, at least in theory, according to school and park officials.
A 25-foot buffer zone and earthen berm will separate the campground from the school, and restrictions will be imposed on the campers, who will not be allowed to burn their campfires, or make loud noises during school hours, said Norma Shelton, Laguna Beach Unified School District’s vice principal for business services.
In addition, two camp hosts instead of one — which is the norm for the state park system — will be at the site 24 hours.
The camp hosts are volunteers who stay in their own RVs and monitor for problems.
The hosts are in addition to park rangers and other state employees who will also be at the site at all times, said Kramer.
A committee, including school representatives, will select camp hosts from a pool of applicants through an interview process, he said.
The most difficult issue for school officials and parents is how the school will share its entrance with the state park.