CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK — From a distance, or at least a bird's-eye view, the construction crews are barely visible as they work under the shroud of a thick marine layer. They're laying the infrastructure, building the restrooms and the lifeguard headquarters, and pouring the concrete to what could very well be one of Southern California's last coastal state park campgrounds.
It's all happening in Crystal Cove State Park along both sides of Coast Highway. The 2,400-acre gem combining coastal bluffs and wild backcountry is located between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.
Park Supt. Todd Lewis said he hopes to have the 60 campsites up and running by the 2011 Labor Day holiday weekend.
"This could be the last campgrounds we ever build," said Lewis, referring to the California State Parks system. "There's just not that much land available anymore in Southern California. And it's not every day that you're able to get approval from the California Coastal Commission."