Since 1997 the memorial has corroded thanks to the salt-air, foot-traffic and marshmallows! Many of the inscriptions are barely legible.
The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) was awarded a grant from the County Board of Supervisors and the Office of Ron Roberts to improve the memorial, as a collaborative effort between OBCDC, OBMA, OB Planning Board, OB Historical Society, and the OB Community Foundation.
Community Input for New Design
The key principles for the new design are to:
- create a memorial that will stand as a place of honor, remembrance, and reflection
- communicate that Ocean Beach and its citizens cherish the sacrifice and dedication of all its veterans
- preserve the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice
- design a space that shall be long lasting
There have been two public workshops, with recommendations to move the memorial just south of the lifeguard tower, to raise the design off the ground, and to embrace beach design elements to better reflect the character of OB.
Estrada Land Planning was chosen for the second phase of the project that is expected to be completed by the start of 2015. Founding Partner Vicki Estrada has been involved with other OB projects including the OB skate park and the design for the Dog Beach entryway.
You can read more about phase II and the construction documents here.
The OBCDC is currently seeking donations to fund the construction phase of the project. Any donation amount will be graciously accepted to revitalize this important OB memorial. Please consider donating to this project by clicking HERE and help us give our veterans the memorial they deserve. Check donations can be made out to the Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation and mailed to:
Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation
PO Box 7787
San Diego, CA 92167