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Whale View Point project moves forward with Wedding Bowl restoration

As part of the Whale view Point enhancement project, a group of La Jolla Boy Scouts and venture Crew girls gave the Wedding bowl some much needed sprucing up. Now organizers of the beautification project are moving forward with additional improvements to the area.

In late September, volunteers from Scout Troop 506 in La Jolla and its sister organization Venture Crew 506 scraped and painted the gazebo, did more of the same on some railing posts on a beach access, and pulled out 10 garbage bags worth of dead plants.

With the slate cleaned, project organizer Ann Dynes reported at the Oct. 26 La Jolla Parks & Beaches (LJPB) advisory group meeting that she would move forward with re-vegetating the area above the Wedding bowl and possibly request the city rename the park in which it sits.

In the days leading up to the LJPB meeting, Dynes said she received a right-of-entry permit, effective Dec. 1, so Black Sage environmental (the engineering firm with whom they are working) could plant goldenrod at and around the Wedding Bowl, and only use the rainwater expected this winter to establish it. The permit also allows for extended maintenance in case some vegetation does not survive the planting.

Rendering of how Great Ecology would like to see the Wedding Bowl planted.
Rendering of how Great Ecology would like to see the Wedding Bowl planted.
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“The lawn at Wedding bowl is irrigated, so we think the only water we’ll need is for the goldenrod,” she said. “The idea is to have the plants established this winter (rather than in the spring). We’re trying to be ahead of the curve.”

LJPb voted unanimously to allow Dynes to sign the permit and proceed.

A second Wedding bowl project in the works — but not voted upon at the meeting — is to rename the park in which the Wedding Bowl sits. “When I went online to look at the Wedding Bowl, I noticed the city refers to the park as ‘Cuvier Park’ and in the La Jolla Community Plan, it is referred to as ‘Coast Boulevard Park,’ and it’s also sometimes referred to by the name of (its nearest) surf break, Nicholson Point,” she said. “It’s got three different names.” Dynes said she would like the entire area to be renamed Whale View Point.

She added that the name “The Wedding bowl” would stay the same, so on future maps and listings it would read: “The Wedding bowl at Whale View Point.”

La Jolla’s Wedding Bowl hosts numerous vow-exchanging ceremonies each year.
La Jolla’s Wedding Bowl hosts numerous vow-exchanging ceremonies each year.
Ashley Mackin

“We want that name not only because it reflects the project, but because that is how it was referred to on the first map of La Jolla in 1889,” Dynes said. LJPB will hold further discussion on the matter at its next meeting.

The Whale View Point project is expected to take 20 years to complete and cost $2.1 million. It was designed to beautify the one-third-mile area known as Whale View Point along Coast boulevard, with independent tasks tackled as funds become available.

Wish List

Whale view Point is on LJPB’s list of projects it would like the city to fund, a list the advisory board produces each year. During the October meeting, next year’s list was unveiled and approved.

Unfunded items on 2016’s wish list include: Coast Walk safety and access surveys; restoring the beach access ramp at Children’s Pool; updating the Fay Avenue bike Path development plan and implement it; Charlotte Park’s general development plan; Coastal area park signage; widening the narrow sidewalk opposite 939 Coast Blvd.; Torrey Pines roadway improvements; and additional tasks within Whale View Point Enhancement Project.

In other LJPB news

Volunteers needed for Cove restroom painting: LJPB member Judy Adams Halter, who spearheaded a project to replace the restroom facility at the Cove, said she would like to recruit volunteers to give the current facility a fresh coat of paint. Halter’s project will break ground in 2017, funded through private and public funds. To carry Cove-goers over until the new facility is built, she said volunteers would be needed to repaint the exterior.

LJPB acting chair Bill Robbins added that a round of power washing to the interior would also be beneficial, and ask that it be included in the volunteer effort. Those interested in helping can contact Halter through lajollaparksandbeaches@gmail.com

Children’s Pool bench donors sought: As part of her project, Children’s Pool Walk, LJPB member Phyllis Minick is looking for those who donated certain plaques on the benches found at Children’s Pool. The project will improve the sidewalk area above Children’s Pool beach starting in July 2016. To make sure the honorary plaques now found on the benches can continue to serve their purpose, Minick said she needs the original donors to discuss plaque maintenance and placement once the Children’s Pool Walk project is complete.

Reach Minick via e-mail to lajollaparksandbeaches@gmail.com

Next meeting: An update on the exchange Place reservoir project and a presentation on 2016’s Regional Park Improvement Fund will be given, 4 p.m. monday, Dec. 7 at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. The group will not meet in November. lajollaparksandbeaches.org