La Jolla Shores Association (LJSA) board member Mary Coakley-Munk addressed three points related to the comfort stations at Kellogg Park in her report during the group’s Oct. 9 meeting.
North Comfort Station
Though LJSA voted several times during the past few months on which materials would be used for the new North Comfort Station (construction of which is slated for early November and involves demolition of the current comfort station), yet another vote was called.
The board originally approved using the same graffiti-resistant material to coat the exterior of the North Comfort Station that was used for the South Comfort Station. However, because the stone and roofing design approved for the South Comfort Station was selected to match nearby La Jolla Shores Hotel (to give a cohesive appearance), the board ultimately opted to have the new North Comfort Station designed with materials that would match its nearest landmark — the new lifeguard tower.
At last month’s meeting, the board voted to approve the use of regal-stone, so the exterior of the North Comfort Station matches the lifeguard tower, again, to show cohesion. LJSA also voted on a peaked, tiled roof for the station.
Coakley-Munk said she met with roofers to determine what kind of tile would be most appropriate for the new North Comfort Station. Based on concerns related to bird droppings, the roofers suggested installing a low-slope roof (which does not have a peak and would not disturb the view) with a different material.
Coakley-Munk said for the project to begin on schedule the plans should be complete and include the roof. The LJSA decided to call a special meeting to discuss the issue further and see station renderings before voting. At the special meeting, which was held Oct. 14, the board voted to approve the low-slope roof with the material suggested by the roofers.
Once the North Comfort Station is constructed, a tile “surfing safety” mural will be installed on the wall. President of the La Jolla Shores Surfing Association, Lorraine Schamalenberger, presented mural renderings to the group for feedback. Because LJSA was only approving a mural concept and not a draft image, the board asked that an image not be made public until something more formal is approved.
Schamalenberger said the mural would be kept simple, minimizing language instructing surfers what not to do and instead, focusing language on what they are allowed to do.
The proposed design shows five waves, each with the image of a surfer and a suggestion on it, such as “Communicate: Give warning like ‘right’ or ‘left’.” Surf Diva instructor and board member Izzy Tihanyi said she has seen similar designs that work for people with short attention spans or those eager to get into the water.
She also said, based on her experiences, people don’t understand that black-and-yellow checkered flags indicate a surfing area, and suggested this information be added to the surfing safety mural.
The board will vote on an official rendering at next month’s meeting.