City removing fire pits

City workers began removing 186 concrete fire pits from San Diego’s beaches and coastal parks Wednesday to save the $173,000 a year it costs to maintain them.

The fire pits are located in Mission Bay Park, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach and La Jolla.

According to Mayor Jerry Sanders’ office, two employees were charged with cleaning the fire pits of ash and debris at least once a week.

The first fire pits were removed by city workers today on Fiesta Island, according to the mayor’s office. About 18 fire pits will be taken away daily until the process is completed in two weeks.

Sanders recommended removing the fire pits as part of a package of mid-year spending cuts recently approved by the City Council to help close a $43 million spending shortfall.