New lifeguard tower opens near Scripps Pier

The lifeguard tower at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Photo: Dave Schwab

City News Service

The 50-year-old lifeguard tower at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla reopened Thursday following extensive renovations.

The improvements included upgrades to the public address system and large glass windows for better lines of sight for the lifeguards.

The architectural firm Safdie Rabines donated design work and Sundt Construction helped with labor and supplies. Volunteers from UCSD also helped out.

“This tower is not just about fixing up an eyesore, it is also about improving safety on our beaches,” Councilwoman Sherri Lightner said. “This project could not have happened without us all working together.”

Lifeguards at the tower previously dealt with low visibility, poor ventilation and a lack of storage.

City officials said lifeguards made 84 rescues near the institution in 2010 and responded to 95 medical aid calls.

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Posted by Kathy Day on Jul 21, 2011. Filed under Featured Story, La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “New lifeguard tower opens near Scripps Pier”

  1. It’s great to know that officials are doing something for the benefit of the lifeguards. They need a place where they can continue practicing the safety measures whenever they are on duty. This would be the best thing that officials can offer to them and for them to continue learning.

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