We have our eyes on two Gems of Point Loma – La Playa Bayside Trail and Kellogg Beach. Each is facing change. One is short-term change for a long-term improvement. The other could be permanent change for a questionable outcome.
La Playa Trail was the route from the San Diego Mission (in Mission Valley) to Ballast Point (years before the beer). It was traversed by Indians long before Europeans landed in this area in 1769, and is recognized as the oldest commercial trail in the western United States. Present-day Rosecrans Street follows that trail.
The bayside trail is popular with people and pets of all ages.
And it’s free.
No membership required. No boat shoes. No boat!
What many people walking that path may not know is, the Navy’s fuel pipeline connecting the Navy Base Point Loma with the jets at Miramar runs near and in some cases under the trail. Over recent months, that old pipeline – which served for nearly twice its 30-year life expectancy – has finally been replaced.
In official Navy-speak that includes, “excavation to remove the pipe, backfilling with native material after the pipe is removed, surface restoration and planting of native species appropriate to the waterfront environment, and installation of a temporary on-grade irrigation system to ensure establishment of plant materials.
If you’re in the area, you can pick up more detailed information.
And here’s a map of the affected areas…
While all this is happening, some portions of La Playa Bayside Trail may be closed. But when work is finished, the trail should be better than before!
That may not be the case with our other gem, la playa (the beach) at the foot of McCall Street, commonly called Kellogg Beach.
Other than little available parking and no restrooms, it’s a pretty great beach.
But recently, a developer has approached the city seeking a building permit that could forever alter Kellogg Beach. It could limit access. It might further erode the sand. Definitely, it would tower over this patch of Point Loma serenity.
On San Antonio Street, where this sprawling, single-story beach-front home now sits, the proposal is to demolish it and construct a nine-unit condominium complex with four, 2 & 3-story buildings over subterranean parking.
This Reader article posted in February covers more details.
The proposal faces hurdles and challenges before gaining approval. The Peninsula Community Planning Board, the Coastal Commission, the City of San Diego – each will have a chance to weigh in.
And most importantly, we too will have that opportunity!
This project might not be the evil empire it seems. But it does appear to be another example of a change that benefits a few at the expense of the many. How will it fit into the neighborhood? How will it alter our beach?
We need answers before the wrecking crew arrives. We need to be vigilant, to keep our eyes open and follow the permit process. We need to attend open meetings, ask questions, and question the answers.
Join PLA in remaining vigilant. We will keep you informed. Tell us what you think. Share your ideas and feelings about this project.
Our chorus of voices can make a difference!