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Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725Today Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau announced that the damaged pier at Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island has been replaced and is open for visitor landings.
The pier was closed last December due to damages caused by high surf. It was a flatbed railcar that was installed as a temporary pier in 2000 and had deteriorated due to wave action and saltwater corrosion.
On Wednesday, the flatbed railcar was removed and replaced with an elevated aluminum gangway. This is a short-term solution as the park expects to construct a new pier in approximately two years. The elevated gangway will be reused as part of the new pier.
Scorpion Anchorage is the most visited destination in the park, with over 65,000 people coming ashore each year to enjoy recreational activities such as hiking, picnicking, camping, kayaking, and swimming.