La Jolla Shores Friends break ground on new comfort station

By Ashley Mackin

The Friends of La Jolla Shores held a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 6 for what will be the renovated north comfort station at Kellogg Park. Friends President Mary Coakley-Munk hosted the ceremony, which included representatives from local government and speakers from the John G. Watson Foundation, the station’s primary financial sponsor.

Architect Don Goertz; Louis Beacham; interim Park and Recreation Director Andrew Field; county supervisor representative John Weil; Chet Barfield, representative from interim Mayor Todd Gloria’s office; District 1 City Councilmember Sherri Lightner and Watson family friend Beth Martinez.

The project is scheduled to be finished by summer, which Chet Barfield, a representative from Interim Mayor Todd Gloria’s office, said was “light speed” compared to other projects. “There are a lot of people in the community who had to work very hard to make this happen,” Barfield said. “Thanks for caring about your community and wanting to do something for it.”

Barfield told La Jolla Light that because the project is a renovation and not a new structure, Friends of La Jolla Shores did not have to apply for a coastal development permit, which sped up the process. “They have the funding, the architect, the design, all they have to do is do it,” he said. “But I understand it’s taken a long time to get to this point.”

Beth Martinez, a friend of the John G. Watson Foundation family, said the family wanted to contribute something to the Shores because Watson was a resident before his tragic death in June 2010, by strangulation in his Shores home during a robbery.

After meeting with Friends member Catharine Douglass in November 2011, the family realized a bathroom renovation was sorely needed a the park. “It was a perfect fit for what they wanted to contribute and what was the (biggest) need,”Martinez said.

During her speech to the of about 50, Martinez said, “In considering how to best honor the memory of John (a retired biotech executive), the family graciously donated funds from his estate for the construction of something that would best characterize him within the community he chose to work in, retire in and call home.

“His family is pleased to have this comfort station built in his name to enhance the experience of others who flock to these waters to enjoy the beach that he loved so much, and which was truly at the core of how he envisioned spending his remaining active years before his untimely death.”

The comfort station will be similar in design to the south comfort station and will contain an yet-to-be determined number of individual unisex stalls.

Friends of La Jolla Shores President Mary Coakley-Munk.

Thanking all of those who contributed their time, resources or efforts to the project, Coakley-Munk acknowledged the La Jolla Shores Association and other key players:
Pierrette Featherby, who introduced Beth Martinez to the Friends;
• Friends members Catharine Douglass and Lynn Reeves, who spearheaded the project;
Don Goertz, AIA, CSI, who donated his time and talent;
Stephen Flaim, CEO of John G. Watson Foundation, who helped organize the donation;
Louis Beacham of Beacham Construction, who is building the project at cost;
• Project Manager Pascal Cabeen;
Paul Jacob and Dan Daneri from the City of San Diego Park & Rec Department; Myra Hermann, senior planner/archeology, environmental analysis section and Helene Deisher, development project manager, both of the Development Services Department;
Patricia Masters and Clint Linton, who donated their expertise to complete the Kumeyaay Sample Test Dig, which Coakley-Munk said could have cost as much as the entire project.

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2 Comments for “La Jolla Shores Friends break ground on new comfort station”

  1. J.B. Hanson

    What happens if the sea lions that are forced off the cove start to take refuge at the comfort station at the shores? will they be denied comfort, the sea lions have to go somewhere ! Or is this just for humans?

  2. Hypo Critt

    So the moral of the story here is if you get Government out of the way, you can actually accomplish things in a timely manner at a reasonable and fair cost.

    Eliminate the City of San Diego and the California Coastal Commission and you can remodel a bathroom in 6 months and that is something to BRAG ABOUT? What is pathetic is that this glaring example of the absolute and total INEFFICIENCY of Government at any level only validates what every conservative or Tea Party Patriot believes in but look how they are villified and called “Terrorists” by the Head of the US SENATE and president of the United States……

    What a shame folks can not see the forest through the trees and use examples like this as textbook cases to REDUCE government and regulations! (oh, if you are still unconvinced, how about the utterly pathetic jobs report from Friday the 10th as well where the book cookers in the Government had the audacity to lower the unemployment rate by “killing off” half a millon workers from the job force)

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