La Jolla Park Coastal District now nationally historic

the La Jolla coastal district spanning from the childrens pool to scripps park and La Jolla cove

The National Register of Historic Places now includes the La Jolla Park Coastal Historic District as of May 9.

The La Jolla Park Coastal Historic District encompasses eight acres of coastal land from Coast Walk south to the end of Coast Boulevard and includes geographical spots like The Cove and Children’s Pool, along with structures such as the Casa de Mañana retirement community and Red Roost and Red Rest cottages.

It’s nationally historic, after a year-plus effort by locals authored by art historian and preservationist Seonaid McArthur and history professor Molly McClain on behalf of the La Jolla Historical Society, along with a committee.

The La Jolla Coastal Historic District is the first nationally recognized district in La Jolla, and one of only 26 in San Diego County. It’s also listed on the California Register of Historic Resources.

The designation will “protect and preserve the unique cultural landscape” of La Jolla, Diane Kane, who assisted with the efforts, said May 20 at the La Jolla Parks & Beaches meeting to a round of applause.

La Jolla’s natural landscape, Kane added, has “assumed cultural significance through human use,” including the native plant life and warranting safeguarding and maintenance.

As the area is “being loved to death by over tourism,” the recognition will lead to a management scheme to minimize the impact, she said.

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Elisabeth Frausto has been reporting on and writing about La Jolla since 2019. With dozens of local and state journalism awards to her name, Elisabeth knows the industry as well as she knows her community. When she’s not covering all things 92037, you’ll find her with coffee in hand staring at the sea.
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Elisabeth Frausto

Elisabeth Frausto has been reporting on and writing about La Jolla since 2019. With dozens of local and state journalism awards to her name, Elisabeth knows the industry as well as she knows her community. When she’s not covering all things 92037, you’ll find her with coffee in hand staring at the sea.

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