Today – Monday, July 2nd – Ocean Beach gets its Brighton Avenue beach restroom back – or at least a new version. The beach “comfort station” is unveiled at an 11:00 a.m. ceremony today. Councilmember Kevin Faulconer will be on hand as he opens this facility for the public to enjoy for many summers to come.
The City is so proud of this. The restrooms will officially open on Ocean Beach in time for the Fourth of July holiday.
A press release from Faulconer’s office went to great lengths to hide the frustrations and false-starts that the City forced the community to go through with a more-than two year effort to replace the old structure, which fell apart so many moons ago, we forgot when. (We really can’t fault Faulconer’s office for attempting a positive spin on the entire thing.) But here is what it stated:
The City of San Diego went to great lengths to replace a condemned 1960’s-era restroom structure with a new building that incorporates the distinctive character of Ocean Beach to delight locals and visitors alike.
The new structure – oh, we mean, the “custom designed comfort station” has 3 new showers, six toilets, local architecture and Ocean Beach-inspired art, andbike racks. This is the first time O.B. visitors will have access to permanent public beach restrooms and showers since 2009.
More from the press release:
Unique design features include solar panels that generate the energy needed to run the facility; a creative geometric shape without a single 90 degree angle along the entire wall; the letters “Ob” carved into the west wall; design concept by local architectural firm Kevin deFreitas Architects; and a large scale art work by former Ocean Beach resident Shinpei Takeda that covers the entire roof.