The OB Rag has received word that Councilman Kevin Faulconer is hosting a news conference tomorrow morning – September 24th – at Sunset Cliffs to unveil the new, City-installed wooden benches. The conference/ unveiling is at 11:45 a.m. on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard between Froude and Guizot streets.
Faulconer’s office stated:
Kevin promised community members benches would return to the park after the City determined the guardrail benches at the park are not safe and need to be removed: http://bit.ly/clVCAh
Here is Kevin Faulconer’s message:
I have very good news to share: Benches are returning to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.
Over the past several months, with your input, my staff and I worked with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department and Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council to create new, one-of-a kind benches specifically built for this unique park. Local residents picked the bench design, material and locations.
The City will be installing 14 wooden benches along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. The installations began last weekend and are scheduled to be completed in phases. I want to thank Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs residents for the passion and creativity they brought to this project. These benches will be a lasting asset to Sunset Cliffs Natural Park.
We will be celebrating the installation of the new benches Friday, September 24 at 11:45 a.m. on Sunset Cliffs Boulevard between Froude and Guizot streets. Parking is available on the street or in the lot just north of Froude Street. I hope you can join us.
The following nuts and bolts on the benches were also supplied by Faulconer’s office and are as follows:
Number of benches and donations:
· 15 benches in total
· 7 of the benches were funded through donations
· 14 benches were built by a City contractor; 1 was directly donated to the City
· Total cost: Approx. $45,072
o Donations: $17,306
o Council District 2 Infrastructure Fund: $20,000
o City: $7,766
What Happens to the Old Guardrail Benches?
· Once the new bench installations have been completed, all guardrail benches will be tagged with posted information regarding future removal.
· After posting, there will be a period of seven days in which the benches may be removed by individuals who installed them in the guardrails.
· If the benches have not been removed after seven days, city staff will remove and transport them to the Rose Canyon Operations Yard where they will be stored for 30 days to allow the owner to contact staff for recovery.
· If the benches are not recovered within that time frame the materials would be recycled or destroyed.
· Anyone with questions about the benches should contact Dan Daneri, Park and Recreation District Manager, at (619) 235-5914.
- Anyone with other questions pertaining to issues within our 2nd City Council District, call Tony Manolatos, Communications Director of Faulconer’s office. 619.533.6229