The grand reopening will be during the Clam Festival Oct. 20. Connor Frost | Mustang News

After more than a year of construction, the Pismo Beach Pier will reopen eight months ahead of schedule and under budget, just in time for the annual Clam Festival this Saturday, Oct. 20.

Local beachgoers can finally visit Pismo State Beach knowing the construction— which had been active since March 2017— will no longer obtrude the ocean sounds.

Spanning 1,200-feet, the Pismo Beach Pier is California’s 18th longest pier. The pier will now be more equipped to host city events, according to City Manager of Pismo Beach Jim Lewis.

Lewis stated the goal was to make the pier “look the same way it did, same dimensions, but upgraded.” The eroded wood has been replaced with stronger wood that will allow for food trucks and more seating for the community. Before these repairs, the wooden pier had not been worked on since its initial construction in 1928.

The Clam Festival parade will end at the newly refurbished pier for a grand reopening. This will be the first time the public will be able to see the pier’s improvements. 

The newly improved pier is not only safer, but will also aim to foster a sense of community in the city of Pismo Beach. Lewis said he is hopeful that “when [people] see the amenities, public art, the new compass rose,” that is in honor to the previous one, “people will be very proud of it.” 

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