The San Diego City Parks and Recreation Department has installed the first of 15 ipe wood benches at Sunset Cliffs Natural Park. The new bench is located just south of the foot of Hill Street on Luscomb’s point (near the surf break somewhat recently renamed “Mouse-Scombs”).
Mike Ruiz of the City’s Shoreline Parks Division says he is waiting for the new fiscal year funding to be approved before he can go ahead and install more of the hardwood benches valued at $3000-plus each.
Some people who live near Sunset Cliffs became concerned last year when the City removed several unapproved benches that community members had installed between guardrail posts along Sunset Cliffs Boulevard. After several meetings by community groups and members of the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park Council, the ipe wood bench design and placement were approved and accepted by the City.