Weekly Update April 14, 2017

Weekly Update April 14, 2017


Weekly Update April 14, 2017

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John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green:  Recreation and Golf Services staff and volunteers gave public tours of the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green. About 200 people turned out to peek inside the new facility that officially opened for programming on Wednesday, April 12. Staff also attended the Coronado Flower Show and distributed information and answered questions regarding the Spreckels Center and Recreation Services.

Spreckels Center Flower Show

  • Get information about programming and special events at the John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green by getting on the Spreckels Center interest list. Join by calling (619) 522-7343, emailing spreckelscenter@coronado.ca.us or online atwww.coronado.ca.us/spreckelsSign up to receive the quarterly newsletter which lists all the upcoming classes. Registration is available online or by calling (619) 522-7343. 
  • Find out how to prevent being a victim of scams and fraud at the “Don’t Get Hooked” workshop set for April 26; On April 28, the Try Something New Crew will tackle Pickleball; Sign up for Mindful Meditation on Saturdays beginning April 15; and on April 24, bring your smart devices to the Spreckels Center to learn a few new things.

             Spreckels Fliers

    Spreckels Center Tours

    Easter Fun:  Have some Easter fun with the kids at the Community Center on Saturday, April 15. The City's Recreation Department will host the Easter Egg-stravaganza with free ongoing egg hunts for specific age groups from 1 to 3:30 p.m. See flier for details. The Department's breakfast event with the Easter Bunny has sold out but hope you can make it for the free egg hunts!



    New Fire Engine: The Fire Department on Wednesday, April 12, welcomed the City’s newest $750,000 Pierce pumper fire engine in a traditional ceremony that involved crews pushing the vehicle back into the station. The tradition goes back to the days of the hand- and horse-drawn fire engines, ladder wagons and hose carts that were pushed back into the station by hand. Even after the use of steam to power the engines, often the steam connections were dismantled and fire fighters had to do the pushing. The tradition lives on as a way to honor old and new fire crews. The new engine will be on display at the April 18 City Council meeting then stationed at the main Fire Station. The new engine replaces the 2010 Pierce that will rotate to the Cays as a reserve engine.

    Fire Department photos 


    Silver Strand Speed Reduction: Construction is scheduled to commence soon on a new signalized intersection at the Hooper Boulevard entrance to the Coronado Coastal Campus project. During construction, speed limits along state Route 75 will be temporarily reduced to 55 mph (from 65 mph) from Coronado Cays Boulevard to Rainbow Drive. The new speed will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning April 24 and lasting through October 2018, when the signalized intersection is expected to be completed. Traffic control signs will be used. See signage map below.

    Coastal Campus Speed Reduction 

    Coastal Campus Intersection 


    Coronado’s Remotely Monitored Bike Featured: A story in the San Diego County District Attorney’s Law Enforcement Quarterly newsletter features Coronado’s remotely monitored bike program. The City will be providing stories from time to time for publication in the quarterly online publication. Find it here: http://www.leqmagazine.com/

    Law Enforcement Quarterly 


    Active Transportation Plan Meeting: More than a dozen community members attended the fourth meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the Active Transportation Master Plan Monday, April 10, at the Library. The City is developing the plan to identify and prioritize existing pedestrian, bicycle, and other non-automobile transportation issues affecting Coronado. Attendees reviewed community feedback and discussed potential project concepts for inclusion in the plan. The Committee will reconvene in May to review transportation improvements proposed by the project team and make suggestions for proposed projects. To learn more about the Active Transportation Master Plan, visit www.coronado.ca.us/activetransportationplan or contact Allie Scrivener at (619) 522-2423 or ascrivener@coronado.ca.us. 

    Active Transportation
    Active Transportation2

    Spreckels Park Restroom Art:  New art for the permanent restroom building, once completed, is being readied for installation. Local artist Kirstin Green is creating two mosaic panels that will be installed above the sink troughs. The designs were inspired by the Coronado Flower Show. Green’s first art installation at the old restroom building was a mosaic inspired by concerts in the park. It was protected and will be restored.

    Mosaic Panels

    Banners on Orange:  Coronado will soon install new banners on Orange Avenue from First Street to Avenida de las Arenas, celebrating local artists. The Cultural Arts Commission seeks to engage and support local artists through its various programs and this banner series highlights a variety of Coronado artists and styles. The banners are the latest in a series funded through the Coronado Tourism Improvement District’s Community Grant Program and at the direction of the Cultural Arts Commission. For more information on the banner program, visit CoronadoARTS.com or contact the Contract Arts Administrator at (619) 522-2633.


    Dock C/Boat Launch Ramp:  The last of the piles for the Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp project were delivered on Tuesday, April 11. The contractor is working overtime to complete the pile installation work by the April 15 deadline imposed by regulatory agencies. Work continues on the land side items with final demolition of the old boat dock gangway, boat wash off, and ramp apron.

    Dock C and Boat Launch Ramp

    Glorietta Sewer Main Repair: A portion of the work required to repair the sewer Glorietta Sewer Main, which has failed and is emitting strong odors, was completed this week. Approximately 35 feet of failed pipe was fully replaced and should help reduce, if not eliminate, the odors in the neighborhood surrounding the intersection of Second Street and B Avenue. A liner for an additional 2,000 feet of pipe has been ordered and is expected to be delivered for installation in approximately four to six weeks. Due to the possibility of failure of the sewer line, this work has been declared an emergency to allow the City to fix the line as quickly as possible.

    Glorietta Sewer Main 


    Pet of the Week:  Stella, a 3-year-old Siamese-Tabby mix, is this week’s Pet of the Week. She has charming blue eyes and is affectionate. She is known as the Stealer of Hearts. Her adoption fee is $50. Check out Stella’s full profile at https://www.pawsofcoronado.org/cats-for-adoption/. To set up a visit with Stella, call PAWS of Coronado at (619) 522-7371.



    Red Bull Air RaceThe Red Bull Air Race is set for this weekend in San Diego Bay, both Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16; however, no efforts to coordinate or notify the City were made by the organizer. Based on previous Red Bull events, the City expects to be impacted by the event, which was permitted by the San Diego Unified Port District. Impacts include an increase in traffic and congestion during the event, which falls this year on a traditionally busy holiday weekend. The City will increase its Public Services crews and Police Department traffic officers in the areas thought to be most impacted by the event. The U.S. Coast Guard notified the City of restricted water traffic on San Diego Bay from April 14-16.  Questions and concerns should be directed to the Port at (619) 823-5791.

    Waterways Closed 



    Armchair Travel: On April 18, Chris Hatch will lead Armchair Travel participants on a walk along the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Armchair Travel meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month at the Coronado Community Center in the beautiful Nautilus Room. Refreshments are served beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 6:45 p.m. A $5 admission fee is payable at the front desk in the Community Center. 

    Armchair Travel 


    Boathouse Events:  The community is invited to the Coronado Boathouse Open House on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. Meet the staff, learn about programs, watch vessel demonstrations and participate in paddling activities on Glorietta Bay. There will be food and prizes. Coronado Boathouse staff took a group of paddlers out for the monthly Full Moon Group Paddle on Glorietta Bay. Participants meet at the Coronado Boathouse and paddle around the bay, the Coronado Golf Course, under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and to Tidelands Park all by the light of the full moon. The next Full Moon Group Paddle is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 10.  There is a $5 fee per person plus the cost of vessel rental. For more information or to register, contact (619) 522-2655.

    Boathouse Fun 

    Recreation Programs and NewsCoronado Recreation invites you to “Put Some Play in Your Day!” To find out more about any class or program and how to register online, go to the Recreation Department’s homepage at www.coronado.ca.us/recreation or call (619) 522-7342. 

    Play in Your Day

    • To accommodate upcoming Easter-related activities, the Community Center Gymnasium will be closed on Friday, April 14, from 5 to 9 p.m., and again on Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Gym Closed

    • Teens are encouraged to find out about programs that are designed to foster giving and play. Community Teens is a class that works on projects such as beach clean-ups and food drives. Recreation Services staff plan, organize and lead nine weeks of volunteer opportunities. Teens also can participate in fun events, such as the recent Club Room Campout at the Coronado Boathouse. Sixth through eighth graders played Dodgeball, enjoyed a bonfire with s’mores, ate pizza at midnight and kayaked around Glorietta Bay the next day. Find out more about events for teens by calling (619) 522-7342.

    Community Teens2                     Club Room Campout

    • May is Drowning Prevention Month. The Aquatics Center held April Pools Day on April 1, where swimmers were treated to demonstrations and given information on poolside rescue techniques, how to keep backyard pools safe, the importance of swimming with a buddy and how to be safe in the bay and ocean. Coronado Fire Department, San Diego City Lifeguards, the U.S. Coast Guard, Safety Duck and Josh the Otter also attended and educated our swimming community.

            April Pools Day



    Commission VacanciesThe City of Coronado has one vacancy on the Cultural Arts Commission and one vacancy on the Transportation Commission. The City greatly benefits from the expertise and energy of these volunteers and values each one. If you have an interest in serving your community, call the City Clerk’s Office at (619) 522-7320 for more information.



    Library Board:  The Library Board of Trustees met on Tuesday afternoon, April 11, chaired by Executive Secretary Rita Alipour. The Board reviewed the Library 2017-18 budget, and Summer Festival plans, among other business.


    Library Programs:  

    • An adult craft program was held on Tuesday, April 11, “Ukrainian Egg Decorating” was held in the Winn Room. An e-book workshop was also held Thursday, April 13, in the Conference Room.
    • A Kids Craft was held on Tuesday, April 11, and “Spring Egg Trivets” were made. On Thursday, April 13, the Junior Volunteers presented two showings of “Rumpelstiltskin: A Play for All Ages.” The Teen Create program on Wednesday, April 12, featured “No Sew Dog Toys.” The Rubber Ducky Reading Program concluded with 142 children who joined and read 720 books.  The children earned a rubber ducky for every five books they read.
    • Easter puppies visited with children during Story Hours this week.

    EAster Craft 
    Two above:  Easter-themed Kids’ Craft at the Library.

    Doggie Visit 
    Two Above: Easter puppies visited Story Hour on Tuesday morning.


    Maximum Enforcement DayCoronado Police held a maximum enforcement day on Tuesday, April 11, which resulted in 117 citations.

    Pursuit:  On Tuesday, April 11, Coronado Police assisted San Diego Police in a pursuit over the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and into Coronado. It ended in Centennial Park where the suspect jumped into San Diego Bay. He was taken into custody soon after. 


    Public Services Work Updates:  City crews worked on several projects around the City. Here are the most recent:

    • The City plans to replace all eight fire rings at Coronado’s North Beach. The current rings are nine years old and are battered, some with exposed rebar. On Thursday, April 20, crews will remove and dispose of the current rings. On Friday, April 21, the new fire rings will be installed. There will be no fire rings on Thursday. The Police Department will set up the electronic message board on Thursday morning to let people know.

    Fire Rings

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