UPDATE: It has been confirmed to the OB Rag by a Park and Rec manager that these two picnic tables will be moved. Dan Danerio said that these two tables have not always been where they are now, that his department had a couple extra ones and decided to place them in the grassy area as an experiment. It didn’t work out due to complaints from local homeowners, including some of the new owners of the large mansions close to the tables.
Danerio told us that his department would be pleased to work with the community in order to find a different location for them. He is willing to accept and hear feedback about those locations; his number is (619) 235-5914.
The OB Rag has heard from a reliable and responsible local businessperson that that Park and Rec was about to remove two public picnic tables in the grassy area of north OB. They were informed of this by a low-ranking San Diego Park and Recreation staff person.
Why? Why would Park and Rec remove two picnic tables?
The word on the street is because Park and Rec has received “complaints” about homeless people hanging out and taking over the tables. We sent an OB Rag reporter over to the area to check it out – some call it “Brighton Street Park” – but it’s the grassy area to the left as you come into the north OB parking lot.
The houses right next to these tables are the McMansions of OB’s new Gentry – the families who have gotten away with improper variances and built their large 3 story single-family homes on West Pt Loma Boulevard – and whose backyards face the grassy area in question.
The tables and benches look almost brand new. In contrast, a third table close by has seen many storms, but that’s not the one to be removed.
But it is clear that the new large houses that front the park look right down on the picnic tables. Could OB’s new gentry, the victors in the war of gentrification, have made the complaint? If true, this is exactly what some have feared from the gentrification of that area of Ocean Beach. The new gentry feel the park is theirs.
We have calls into both the Park and Rec Department and the OB Rec Center, looking for answers.