Now Open: Coast Blvd. stairs in La Jolla rebuilt after nearly two-year closure

Just in time for Labor Day, the beach access stairs located between 100-202 Coast Blvd. were rebuilt and opened to the public. The access-way has been closed since early 2016, after a winter storm blew the stairs apart. The stairs lead to a beach known as The Horseshoe, which is frequented by nearby residents, beachgoers and lifeguards alike.

The La Jolla Parks & Beaches advisory group has been monitoring and advocating for the reinstatement since March 2016. Roadblocks that delayed the reconstruction included finding project funding, and deciding whether the project would be built from scratch (which would require the addition of ADA-access and take years to complete) or whether it would be classified as a “replacement,” which would not require the additional features.

In June 2016, the City declared the lack of access an “emergency,” and said the stairs would be treated as such in getting them replaced. But a few months later, City engineers discovered a cavity in the seawall and announced they would work with the homeowners association of the adjoining building to get it evaluated. After some feet-dragging, the City built the stairs independent of the seawall, working right up until Friday, Sept. 1 to get the stairs secure for holiday beach-goers.

Crews work on the Coast Boulevard stairs to ensure they are open by Labor Day. Photo taken Friday, Sept. 1. (Ashley Mackin)