By Marlena Chavira-Medford
Solana Beach City Council voted March 10 to replace a retaining wall in the northeast corner of Fletcher Cove Park, which will feature tiles bearing the names of some Solana Beach residents who make donations toward the project.
Anyone who donates $700 can have their name placed on one of the 3-by-10-inch tiles that will be part of the 40-foot long concrete retaining wall.
Based on the size of the wall, there will be room for 40 to 50 tiles. The money from the sale of these tiles will help pay for the $21,100 project. The price of the project includes: removing the existing wall at a cost of $1,400; constructing the new wall at a cost of $4,900; and a contract with artist Betsy Schulz for the creation and installation of the tiles for a cost of $14,800. Schulz is the same artist who did decorative work on the Fletcher Cove Park restrooms, and on the entry arches at the south end of the Coastal Rail Trail.
The council also approved $2,200 for some of the donor tiles to be placed on the west end of the Fletcher Cove Park boardwalk. These tiles will patch up a small portion of concrete that was altered during a drainage repair project. This 14 x 1 foot strip of concrete could fit about five donor tiles at $700 each, or one large donor tile at $3,000, which is a $500 reduction over the cost of individual tiles.
Any extra money from the sale of these donor tiles will be used for the ongoing renovation of Fletcher Cove Community Center. City staff hopes to have the tiles completed by July, in time for Solana Beach’s 25-year anniversary celebration.
Neighbors who are interested in getting a tile on the new retaining wall should call Solana Beach City Hall at (858) 720-2400. For more information about artist Betsy Schulz, please visit adesigngarden.com.