Community Leader’s View: Help us create childhood memories

By Jim Heaton

President, La Jolla Shoes Association

You are invited to help create childhood memories for generations of San Diegans to come.

All La Jollans over age 15 are encouraged to volunteer Thursday (today) through Saturday between 8 a.m and 8 p.m. in a “Supervised Community Build” to help reinstall the playground equipment in Kellogg Park.

The original equipment, dedicated in 1995, was removed by the city just more than a year ago due to lack of maintenance. Thanks to a tremendously generous community and dedicated volunteers on these three days we begin reinstalling the playground with the goal to have the new equipment in place and ready for use by children of all ages by Memorial Day Weekend.

Additionally, to make certain that this is a playground for the future a nonprofit 501(c)3 has been created to collect funds and assure the maintenance of the structure going forward. To see a rendering of the new playground equipment and sign up to volunteer please visit

We look forward to seeing you there, playing with your children and grandchildren well into the future.
After that, at our regularly scheduled May 13 meeting the board of the La Jolla Shores Association we will begin discussions to support a ban on all motorized watercraft, with the exception of emergency and research vessels, in the area from La Jolla Point north to Scripps Pier.

This issue has arisen as a result of comments we heard at last month’s meeting, (La Jolla Light cover article, March 18), on the rental of jet skis at the public boat ramp in the Shores.

After spirited and very enlightening discussions the Board voted against the proposed commercial operation of motorized watercraft off the boat ramp. This discussion has led us to consider if now is the appropriate time to take up the challenge to protect the Marine Reserve, swimmers, divers, snorkelers, and kayakers in this pristine area off our coast.

If you have thoughts or would like to provide input you are welcome to attend our meeting this month at Sumner Auditorium on La Jolla Shores Drive. For directions please visit

On April 29, construction on traffic calming measures on Via Capri east of Hidden Valley will begin and last approximately 33 days. While all lanes will be open during this period you may want to add a bit of time to your schedule if your travels take you though this part of the Shores.