By Karen Billing
The much-loved Solana Beach Little League’s Snack Shack is getting a much-needed makeover. At its Jan. 16 meeting, the Solana Beach School District board approved the league’s plans to demolish and rebuild the popular facility.
It also will have a new name: “The Health Hut.”
The Snack Shack has been an institution in Solana Beach since 1974.
“It brings so much joy to all of the kids, they love getting to work in there and it’s such a big part of the baseball community but it’s falling apart,” said league board member Mike Stevenson.
The league uses the structure during the season but it is owned by the school district and is available for the district’s use at any time.
At the field near the shack, there are also three large storage containers that the league plans to remove, incorporating storage into the new design. Maintenance vehicles will be able to be parked indoors rather than sitting on the field as they do currently.
With the new building, Stevenson said they will reduce the footprint of all the structures by about 55 percent as the shack and containers currently take up 1,469 square feet and the new building will accomplish all uses in 1,036 square feet.
The hut will also have two bathrooms.
It is estimated to take $100,000 to build the Health Hut and Stevenson, a contractor by trade, said he hopes to get materials and time donated. The league also plans to launch a fundraising campaign to come up with the money.
“It’s not going to be easy to raise $100,000, but we feel confident we can do it,” said Sean Pope, Solana Beach Little League board treasurer.
The project must now go to the Division of State Architects for approval and, if all goes as planned, the league aims to start construction in June and be finished before school starts the last week of August.
If the longevity of the 1974-built Snack Shack is any indication, the Health Hut should be around for a long time.
“This new building will be there for our lifetimes and more,” Stevenson said