Inspired by Laguna Beach resident Jim Dilley in 1968, Laguna Beach's open space system preserves natural resources, including habitats for plant and animal life, provides outdoor recreation opportunities, and provides for better public safety. Laguna Beach today is protected by its 6.3 mile coastline, designated as a marine life refuge, and by the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, in its hillsides and canyons. Open space within Laguna Beach is designated only for conservation and public use.
Within Laguna Beach, 1,065 acres are preserved as open space in the city’s hillsides and canyons. The City also has approximately 99 acres of parks and recreational areas. In addition, the surrounding hillsides, located outside the city limits but within the city planning area, are a major part of the community’s open space.