When passing Big Bend in Laguna Beach, locals may notice a change in scenery.
The historic Third Street cottages that once graced the canyon's curve are being dismantled to make way for a new community trailhead and wildlife corridor, headed by the Laguna Canyon Foundation.
The public trails are open to all — hikers, bikers and equestrians.
For the past four years, the city has attempted to relocate the cottages, but Councilman Kelly Boyd said in June that it was time for removal and said it was possible the cottages would rot if they were relocated.
The foundation approached the city about two years ago about the 3.7-acre property, President Derek Ostensen said.
The foundation has raised funds with third parties over the last year, cutting the cost to the city.
"We value the cottages, and their historic meaning to our community, and it would be our preference to keep the cottages if they could find a new home," he said. "Unfortunately, it did not pan out."