Editor: Here below is a chapter from a draft of a novel in part about Ocean Beach. This chapter involved a fictionalized version of the events surrounding the Collier Park riot and includes fictional characters, some of whom have vague similarities with actual people. The main character is Jack Moseley, an OB activist.
CHAPTER 3 – THE PARK
Jack and his roommate Blake were picking their way through the piles of wood by moonlight, making their way towards the front door of the old, dilapidated two story building that once was the home for unwed mothers, the Door of Hope. It had closed years ago and lay in ruins at the top of the hill.
It had been a short walk from their house over on Etiwanda Street. Blake had proposed that they take a look at it, and Jack had jumped at the chance to have a small adventure. He took a drag and handed the joint to Blake.
“Wouldn’t this be a great place to have a ‘people’s park’?” Blake asked him, coughing slightly as he handed the joint back. Jack was grinning. Blake filled Jack in on some of the details, as he had met with some local OB ecology militants while Jack had been out of town at a Black Panther convention in Washington, DC, and had gotten the scope on the land. The City was going to demolish the old Door of Hope, clear the land and then sell the huge plot to private developers who will be making apartments here. But the kicker was that years ago, back in the teens or so, Col. DC Collier had donated the land – and a much bigger slice actually- to the City of San Diego for “the children of San Diego”.