The Children’s Pool — ‘A gratuity to children’
By Phyllis Minick
La Jolla resident
Recently, the state statutes of 1931 were amended to include marine mammal park for the enjoyment and educational benefit of children, but did not change the trust’s words “bathing pool for children.”
This is the wording on two bronze plaques at the Children’s Pool to commemorate Miss Scripps’ gift of over $100,000 to the City of San Diego and the State of California. Both governments accepted that gift in an enduring trust, which means forever.
Current law states that “No one is permitted to exclude right of way to tidal lands of any harbor, bay, inlet, estuary, or other navigable water in this State whenever access is required for any public purpose …. (California Constitution, Article 10). Any barrier restricting coastal access violates the Tidelands Trust, the California Constitution, the California Coastal Act and San Diego’s own Local Coastal Program.
Seals are not an endangered species at the Children’s Pool. Scripps oceanographers documented the harbor seal population in La Jolla as stable at 150 to 200 seals, with a migrating population of approximately 500 (Prof J. Moore & T. Linder, SIO, U-T report 5/24/10). By this May, 43 seal pups were born and survived at the Children’s Pool, an all-time record number.
As a swimmer, diver and law-abiding resident of La Jolla, I ask the La Jolla Light editors and staff to provide fair-minded reporting that acknowledges the law, the efforts of groups using the Children’s Pool to provide true facts about its sea life and to perform the only clean-up anyone offers there. Bullying should be stopped. The celebration to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Children’s Pool dedication was the only such event in this community and should be admired, not vilified.
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