‘Wish list’ sidewalk coming to Bird Rock

For at least 10 years, residents of Bird Rock have requested a sidewalk be built in front of La Jolla Hermosa Park, aka Rock Park. At the Bird Rock Community Council (BRCC) meeting April 7 at Bird Rock Oyster and Sushi, city engineers announced the wish will be granted in the coming weeks.

Project Engineer Jesus Garcia told the group a new concrete sidewalk will be installed on the ocean side of Chelsea Avenue in front of the park, where there is now a packed dirt path. Construction will start at the end of April or beginning of May and take 20 working days to complete.

“This project has a long history in Bird Rock,” said meeting attendee Mike Costello. “Baby carriages can not go on the rocks very well, so (parents) walk their carriages into the street and around parked cars. People would watch with anxiety as this went on over the last decade.”

Requests had previously been put forward to install a sidewalk, but the BRCC was told the city did not have the finances to pay for the construction.

Now that the city is ready to proceed, Costello said, “I would encourage everyone here to ask the city to expedite this and don’t let anything hold this project up.”

Garcia requested BRCC support a waiver to the summer construction moratorium, Memorial Day (May 25) to Labor Day (Sept. 7), “We are not planning to go into the moratorium, we are not encouraging the contractor to go into the moratorium, but just in case it does extend into the moratorium, we want to have the community support so construction would not have to stop (part way),” he said.

BRCC president Jacqueline Bell said the board would e-mail confirmation of its support.

“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time and we are very excited and happy to see it started,” she said. “I think we’ll all understand if it goes past Memorial Day.”

In other BRCC news

MAD replaces landscaping: Bird Rock Maintenance Assessment District (MAD), for which a fee is assessed to pay for community-wide improvements not covered by the city, recently landscaped roundabouts along La Jolla Boulevard. “The entire Sea Ridge roundabout has been cleared of plants and is being replanted,” said BRCC treasurer Barbara Dunbar. “We had issues with dead plants and it looks a lot better now.”

Plants have also been added to the Camino de la Costa and Forward Street roundabouts.

Additionally, deteriorating guardrails at Bird Rock Avenue and Forward Street will be replaced, starting in early July.

Save the Date: The End of Summer four-mile run will be Sunday Aug. 23, said event coordinator Kathy Loper. The run starts on Prospect Street at Girard Avenue and proceeds south on La Jolla Boulevard, into Mission Beach. Approximately 1,500 people are expected. “It’s a great family outing for moms and dads with baby strollers,” she said.

Police close the street early that morning, and because it is a “rolling terrain,” the streets reopen as the area is cleared of racers. Proceeds benefit Mission Bay, Clairemont, University City and La Jolla High Schools. More details at (619) 298-7400.

Next meeting: At the 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 BRCC meeting (location TBD) a report from a meeting with police will be presented which will include information about local crimes and scams that target elderly residents.