What's Inside
2 Recreation Safety Tips
3 Beach Safety
4 Library Programs
5 Imitation Firearms Safety

Message from the
City Cuncil

Standing: Councilmembers Carrie Downey and Frank Tierney.  Seated: Councilmember Phil Monroe, Mayor Tom Smisek,
Councilmember Casey Tanaka

Another beautiful Coronado summer is almost here and soon our parks, beaches and playgrounds will be filled with children and families.  This issue of the Coronado Currents is dedicated to helping families prepare their children for a safe and fun-filled summer.  We invite residents to experience the City’s numerous programs and facilities. 

The City is committed to improving the quality of life for residents and their families through recreational and educational programs.  We look forward to seeing residents around town this summer and, as always, welcome suggestions about how we can better serve you.

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The Wizard of Oz Makes History in Coronado, Again

On this panel, each strand of Dorothy’s hair was drawn by hand

The City of Coronado is proud of its connection to legendary author L. Frank Baum and his whimsical stories about the Land of Oz, some of which were written in and inspired by Coronado.  These stories have encouraged children throughout the world to expand their imaginations through literature.  As a tribute to Baum’s ties with the community, the Coronado Children’s Library will unveil a one-of-a-kind, Wizard of Oz-themed piece of public art in June in honor of Baum’s 150th birthday.

“We are thrilled to finally be able to share such a breathtaking masterpiece with the community,” said Director of Library Services Christian Esquevin.  “This imaginative piece will create the perfect entrance to the Children’s Library.”

Nine large rectangular glass panels displaying well-recognized characters and imagery from the Oz stories will be suspended from the ceiling with steel cables, allowing visitors to walk among them as they enter the Children’s Library.  The overlapping panels will be transparent in order to take advantage of the Library’s natural light.  The artwork will also be reversible, so that Library patrons on either side of the panels can enjoy the images.

“The details of this piece were so intricate that it took three years to complete,” said Esquevin.  “The size of the panels required the artist’s work to be flawless.”

Toto and the Cowardly Lion share one of the nine panels.

Due to her successful work in other libraries, artist Brenda Smith was selected by Esquevin and the Library Board of Trustees to create the panel’s imagery.  Using water-colors and pens, Smith relied solely on the descriptions in Baum’s novels to bring the Oz characters to life.  To ensure perfection, each individual line in the image was drawn by hand, including every strand in Dorothy’s hair and the Cowardly Lion’s mane.  The illustrations were digitally scanned, enlarged to fit the panels, and placed on the glass by ink-jet printer (which had never been done). 

The artwork was funded entirely by private donors.  For more information about the Children’s Library, please call 619.522.7390

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Coronado Helps Familes Prepare for a Safe Summer

Q & A on Recreation Safety with the Director of Recreation Services
Recreation Services Director Linda Rahn

Summer is the time for kids to try new things and play in a safe environment.  The Community Center offers numerous recreational programs and the City encourages residents to take advantage of these opportunities.  In addition to the Community Center, the City offers a safe and supervised area for skaters to practice their skills at the Coronado Skatepark, located at the southeast end of Tidelands Park.


Pool Safety

Q. What would help families enjoy a safe day at the pool?

A. Following the posted pool rules is the most important thing to remember.  We also encourage swimmers to know their skill set and limits.  Children depend on their parents to help make safe decisions in the pool.

Q. What should a swimmer do if they are in trouble or see someone else in trouble?

A. The first thing a swimmer should do is call for help.  If that is not possible, they should try waving their arms.  If a pool guest witnesses a swimmer in trouble, they should not enter the water unless they have proper lifesaving training and equipment.  Instead, try to reach or throw something to the person.

Q. What is the City’s policy on outside toys or flotation devices?

A. The Recreation Department provides small toys, such as boats and buckets, for use in the pool.  However, large items, such as individual rafts, are not allowed in the pool.    All outside flotation devices for younger swimmers must also be inspected by lifeguards before being used in the pool.

Q. What new programs are available this year at the Commuity Center?

A. We are introducing a number of new camps, such as Harry Potter camp, volleyball camp, flag football camp and a teen hip-hop dance camp.  A complete catalogue of our summer programs is available on the City’s web site.

Skatepark Safety

 Q. Who is allowed to skate in the skatepark?

A. All skateboarders and inline skaters, ages six years and older, are welcome.  All skaters must complete a waiver form, including the parents of skaters under the age of 18.

Q. What should skaters wear in the skatepark?

A. Protective gear, such as helmets, elbow pads and knee pads, is required at all times.  It is also recommended that less-experienced skaters wear wrist guards to help prevent injuries, and mouth guards are recommended for skaters with braces.   Clothing that provides protection from the sun and the concrete is suggested.  Closed shirts and shoes are required.  All protective gear is available for rent at the skatepark, and wrist guards are available to all skaters at no charge.

Q. How can skaters protect themselves before going to the skatepark?

A. Skating is an intense cardiovascular sport that burns a significant number of calories in a few short hours.  The Recreation Department recommends that skaters eat less sugar and more complex carbohydrates, such as pasta or vegetables, prior to exercising in the skatepark so as to not feel tired after just a short time.  Keeping hydrated both during and after skating is also important.

Q. When is the skatepark open?

A. During the summer months, the skatepark is open from 10 a.m. to dusk.


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Q & A on Beach Safety with the Lifeguard Captain
Lifeguard Caption Sean Carey

The Fire Department and Lifeguard Services are dedicated to providing the community with safe beaches.  Lifeguards are on duty at public beaches from 9 a.m. to dusk every day throughout the year.      

Q. How can parents and children prepare for a day at the beach?

A. Children require constant supervision at the beach, so we suggest that parents dress their children in brightly colored clothing and memorize what they are wearing before arriving at the beach.  Parents should keep recent photographs of their children with them at all times.  Finally, kids should know that lifeguards are “safe strangers” who are there to help.

Q. What should families do when they arrive at the beach?

A. Check the ocean conditions flags located on all lifeguard towers.  These flags will alert swimmers to possible swimming dangers, such as rip currents.  Families should also select a landmark, such as a lifeguard tower, to meet at if they become separated.

Q. Are there any rules beach goers should remember to follow?

A. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, both the south and north ends of the beach are “surfing only” zones.  No kites of any kind are allowed north of the Hotel Del.   Parents should discourage children from digging large holes or tunnels in the sand.

Q. How can children stay safe in the ocean?

A. Learning to swim is the most important factor of ocean safety.  If a swimmer is in trouble, that person should stay calm, shout or wave for help, and not fight the current.  Remember, flotation devices in the ocean are not a substitute for the ability to swim.

Q. Do Lifeguard Services offer any summer programs for kids?

A. The Coronado Surf Awareness Program helps children from six to eight years of age to learn about the ocean and water safety.  Swimmers from 9 to 17 years of age can participate in the Coronado Junior Lifeguards program.  For more information about these programs, please call 619.522.7342.

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Q & A on Library Programs with the Library Director

Library Director Christian Esquevin

The Coronado Public Library encourages children to continue their visits to the Library during the summer months.

Q. What is the summer reading program?

A. The Library offers reading clubs for kids and teens, as well as afternoon and evening activities every Tuesday and Thursday.  Activities will run from mid-June through mid-August.  All programs are free and available on a walk-in basis.

Q. How does the reading club work?

A. The reading club encourages kids to read 10 books over the course of the program.  After completing each book, the child is required to give an oral book report to one of the Library’s junior volunteers.  This year’s prize for completing all 10 books is a free trip to the San Diego Zoo. 

Q. Why should children participate in the reading club?

A. Studies show that kids who participate in educational summer activities, such as summer reading clubs, are better prepared for school in the fall.

Q. What social activities are planned this summer?

A. On Tuesdays and Thursdays a number of exciting activities will be available to children, such as a visit from a real dog-sled team, a summer kick-off bonfire, a Harry Potter birthday party, and “mad science day.”  For more information about the schedule of programs, please call 619.522.7390.

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Police Educate Residents on Imitation Firearms Safety

The Coronado Police Department takes pride in protecting the community.  One friendly reminder is that guns of any sort, such as Airsoft, BB or paintball, are not toys.  With the growing popularity of Airsoft guns among children and teenagers, the Police Department is educating parents about the dangers of these weapons.

“Airsoft guns shoot lightweight plastic BBs and are sold primarily as imitation firearms,” said Coronado Chief of Police Paul Crook.  “They are generally not considered deadly, but are made to specifically mimic real firearms.”

It is virtually impossible for parents or police officers to distinguish between an Airsoft and a real gun.  Although Airsoft weapons are required to have orange tips, those tips are easily removed or painted over. 

“Under the California Penal Code, it is unlawful for anyone to openly display these types of shooting devices in any place open and available to the public,” said Chief Crook.  “To provide additional protection for residents, the Police Department is strictly enforcing the City’s Municipal Code and State Penal Code regarding imitation firearms.”

It is against the law to fire any firearm, real or mock, within the City limits.  In addition, users under the age of 18 may only possess an imitation firearm in a controlled environment, under the close supervision of an adult.  Coronado police officers treat all imitation weapons as real weapons.  Under federal law, the use of any imitation weapon in a crime will carry the same circumstances as a real weapon.

For additional information about imitation firearms, please contact the Police Department at 619.522.7350.


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