La Jolla Children’s Pool Lifeguard Tower is gone ... but not forgotten

By Ashley Mackin

Early last week, demolition began on the condemned lifeguard tower at Children’s Pool beach. The above photo shows the tower as it once stood, while the below photo shows it on Aug. 7, in the later stages of removal.

KMA Architecture and Engineering — the firm that designed the new $3.25 million lifeguard tower — said in a press release that the tower would take eight months to build and that the summer construction moratorium was suspended to hasten the process. The public will be able to access the beach during construction, though some areas, including the seawall, may be closed for several weeks.

During seal pupping season, which starts Dec. 15, there will only be light interior work taking place. The 24/7 web-streaming Seal Cam has been temporarily removed and is being housed at an undisclosed location. The old lifeguard tower was constructed in the mid-1960s and rehabbed in the late ’70s.