OCEAN BEACH, CA. Last week it was announced that the North Beach public restrooms would be closed for 18 months for reconstruction, as the roof was falling apart.
Any talk about public restrooms in OB would be incomplete without a discussion of the restrooms in the main lifeguard tower at the foot of Santa Monica Avenue. These facilities have been wanting for years.
There are no seats – so, in order to change into a bathing suit or wetsuit, you take your life in your hands, and try to balance yourself against the damp wall, switching feet in order to minimize getting your clothes wet, as the floor is constantly soaked – no mats there. Meanwhile, the smells and sights are not for the light-hearted.
In the men’s room, there are two sinks, two urinals, and two stalls. The urinals challenge your olfactory senses, and the stalls themselves are forbidden territory.
The women’s restroom is only slightly better. Still, no seats, no mats, no extra frills. They do have two sinks, however. The only shower is outside.
Ocean Beach was promised a new lifeguard station a few years ago. And as the public restrooms are in the same building, they would need to be built as well.
The following photos are not for those easily placed into squeamishness. But these are what ordinary natives and tourists alike see and experience. (Click on the image for a larger photo – if you dare!)