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.
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.
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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