The City’s waterfront area is an incredibly valuable public resource and the need to enhance the beachfront area has been an ongoing City goal for a number of years. Over the past several years the City has taken significant actions to upgrade the area which includes the Tyson Street, Sportsfisher Drive, and Breakwater Way restroom improvement projects. Currently Phase I of the Beachfront Improvement Project is under construction. In May 2020 City Council authorized staff to proceed with the Beachfront Improvement Feasibility Study - Phase II.
Phase II of the Beachfront Improvement Feasibility Study explores potential improvements to the Junior Seau Beach Community Center, Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater/ Bandshell, and the pier plaza and public spaces in between.
The study will identify and analyze existing site conditions, evaluate site opportunities and constraints, and collect input from stakeholder groups and the community. Based on City needs and extensive public input, site concepts and design options will be identified and ultimately a recommended design option will be brought to City Council for approval. Prior visioning efforts have occurred and will serve as an important reference in exploring options and potential improvements.
It should be noted that this is a feasibility study, therefore the recommended design option will not be a formalized design. Funding for future design and construction phases have not been identified and are contingent on City Council direction and approval.
The City’s project team is in the initial stages of soliciting community feedback on potential improvements to the area. Please note, there have been no plans discussed or presented as part of the current study that suggest demolishing and/or replacing any of the beachfront facilities or adding a parking structure in the area.
Community engagement is a significant component of the feasibility study. Throughout the study, the public will have the opportunity to attend approximately 21 public meetings and provide input on opportunities, issues, and concerns related to the study area. See table below entitled “Summary of Outreach Meetings.”
In addition to community/townhall meetings, interested parties are also encouraged to attend and provide input at meetings conducted by City Commissions and Committees with oversight on potential study area improvements. The study will be brought before these various commissions and committees at key milestones in the process in an effort to share information about the study and its status, obtain input based on areas of expertise and respective purpose, and provide another forum for public comment.
Based on information gathered during the City’s extensive public outreach process, the study team will develop potential improvement design options for the area and present them to the community for additional public input, including another round of review by City Commissions and Committees. Following this additional review and comment period the team will then fine-tune the findings through the development of a preferred design.
Prior to City Council consideration, the preferred design option will be brought to the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission for its review and formal recommendation to Council.
Summary of Outreach Meetings:
The City is currently in the “Discovery” phase of the study effort. Two additional public outreach meetings have been scheduled that will specifically focus on programs and event uses at these facilities in an effort to obtain more extensive public input as to how this area can be improved. Anticipated/planned meetings during the Discovery phase are as follows:
|Arts Commission||Monday, 10/4/21||3:00 pm||City Council Chambers|
|Historic Preservation Advisory Committee||Tuesday, 10/5/21||6:00 pm||City Council Chambers|
|Economic Development Commission||Tuesday, 10/12/21||3:00 pm||City Council Chambers|
|Beachfront Improvement Feasibility Study - Focused Community Sports & Recreation Meeting||Thursday, 10/14/21||6:30 pm-8:30 pm||City Council Chambers|
|Harbor and Beaches Advisory Committee||Monday, 10/18/21||5:00 pm||City Council Chambers|
|Downtown Advisory Committee||Wednesday, 10/27/21||9:00 am||City Council Chambers|
|Beachfront Improvement Feasibility Study - Focused Cultural, Community, and Special Events Meeting||Thursday, 10/28/21||6:30 pm-8:30 pm||City Council Chambers|
*Please note that meetings are subject to change
Public Outreach Meeting #1: Tuesday, August 31, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. at the Civic Center Library Community Rooms (330 N. Coast Hwy.). FLYER
View the 1st Public Outreach Meeting below:
Update: As the Beachfront Improvement Feasibility Study will ultimately be brought to the City’s various commissions/ committees for presentation and comment, the City is currently reevaluating the role of the advisory committee in the overall process. For that reason, and until further notice, additional advisory committee meetings are not anticipated.
An advisory committee has been comprised of various City Commission/ Committee members, as well as frequent special event operators , representing the interests of the bodies they represent, and serving as a conduit to the broader community. Project advisory committee meetings will be public forums and members from the public will be able to participate. Members consist of: o Cultural District Steering Committee: Lou Niles
o Harbor and Beaches Advisory Committee: Carloyn Krammer
o Economic Development Commission: Ray Ream
o Parks and Recreation Commission: Kelly Murphy
o Planning Commission: Tom Morrisey
o Downtown Advisory Committee: Scott Ashton
o Arts Commission: Jonathan L. Forhrman
o Historic Preservation Advisory Commission: Pending
o Students: El Camino High School Representative
o Supergirl Director - Rick Bratman
o Ironman Race Director - Sabrina Houston
o Community Organizer - Wayne Godinet
Advisory Committee Meeting #1 - Tuesday, August 3rd, City Council Chambers (6:00PM to 7:30PM)
Agenda and Zoom Info - Advisory Committee Meeting #1
Presentation - Advisory Committee Meeting #1
View the presentation and public comments below:
As a member of the Oceanside community and user of these facilities, your input will be critical to the success of this study. If you would like to be added to an interested parties list please contact project manager Darra Woods at (760) 435-5094 or DWoods@oceansideca.org. By requesting to be part of this list, you will receive periodic emails of upcoming meetings and outreach events.
Project Manager: Darra Woods, (760) 435-5094 or DWoods@oceansideca.org
Project #: CIP21-00006
Program: Community Facilities
Current Phase: Study
Duration: Start Feb 2021, Anticipated Completion Spring of 2022