The Current Memorial
Ocean Beach Veterans Plaza, located at the corner of Newport Avenue and Abbott Street, where Newport meets the beach, was constructed in 1997 as a memorial to honor those that have served and are still serving in the armed forces. Over time, the plaza has become worn down due to the corrosive nature of salt air and a high amount of foot traffic. This memorial is currently in disrepair with many of the inscriptions, including a Medal of Honor recipient, being so worn down that they have become illegible. The Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (OBCDC) was awarded a grant from the County Board of Supervisors and the Office of Ron Roberts to start on a design to redevelop this important area of Ocean Beach. This is a collaborative project between OBCDC, OBMA, OB Planning Board, OB Historical Society, and the OB Community Foundation.
Community Input for New Design
The key principles of the new design for this memorial was to create a memorial that will stand as a place of honor, remembrance, and reflection and communicate that Ocean Beach and its citizens cherish the sacrifice and dedication of all its veterans, to preserve the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and to design a space that shall be long lasting.
At the first public workshop, the priorities communicated by the community for this new design of the memorial were to raise the memorial off of the ground so that names would not be worn down over time like the original memorial, to define the memorial better so that visitors to the area were aware of the location they were standing, and to move the memorial to a more appropriate place which the public decided would be just south of the main lifeguard tower.
At a second public workshop where two designs were presented to the public based on the original input gathered from the first public workshop, the community overwhelming chose the artistic beach design entitled “Life Journey”. This design incorporates beach design elements to fit in with the nature of Ocean Beach while giving the space the respect it deserves. Since the second workshop, the OBCDC Design Committee has taken the design to local community organizations to gain feedback on the final conceptual design. The design has been received with unanimous support from every community organization that has seen the design. Currently, the OBCDC is entering Phase II of the project – turning the conceptual design into construction documents that can be used in building the new Veterans Plaza.
Together We Can Build A New Plaza
The OBCDC is currently seeking donations to fund the construction phase of this project. Any donation amount will be graciously accepted to revitalize this important Ocean Beach 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