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“Protected Toilet Bowl”
Review of Children's Pool

Children's Pool
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: It was supposed to be a children's pool, but the harbor seals took over and it's a main tourist and local attraction. Great picture spot.
Reviewed May 9, 2013

If you enjoy viewing a living toilet bowl...have fun. This place was created to be a safe place for children and families...then the seals came and the animal activists....The city will not honor the original plan/donation nor will they correct the situation. Seals have invaded the place. Don't swim here. The seals are aggressive and the water is constantly polluted due to the seal population. Shark sightings are more frequent due to the free food. A disappointment for everyone. Used to be a great place to snorkel and take your kids.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Well, as someone who grew up in La Jolla in the 50s and 60s about 3 blocks from the beach in question, and who learned how to swim in 1952 at the "Casa Cove", now known as the "Children's Pool", I have very mixed feelings about its evolution to being a seal habitat today. It's not as if it was once or ever would have been a seal habitat, because the sea wall that creates the calm cove there and the beach itself were built by Ellen Browning Scripps (well-known La Jolla benefactress) in the 1930s, as a place for the children of San Diego to swim safely. It was always a wonderful family beach, clean and protected -- unless you walked out onto the sea wall, to the end, where you could be inundated by huge breakers during rough weather!
When the seals began to move in, in the 1980s, it was allowed at first as a novelty that people enjoyed watching. They tried sharing the beach for awhile, till the numbers of seals increased and it was declared toxic for humans, not to mention the fact that some seals were aggressive toward the families that still tried to enjoy the beach. So it became in fact a very unsafe place for the children and adults of San Diego to spend time at the beach and swim! Most colonies of sea lions and seals are sequestered safely (for them) off shore, on small rocky islands, so this is not a "natural" spot for a colony to be -- with hundreds of people hovering around and watching them, as well as walking in their midst sometimes.
I think it's a shame that the Casa Cove (named after the Casa de Mañana across the street) has been lost as a place for the children of La Jolla and San Diego to swim and feel safe learning to swim, and for families to enjoy, since that was the original intention of Ellen Scripps when she had the breaker wall built and the sand built up, and it served that need for about 50 years. I am an environmentalist, so I believe in protecting truly safe havens and habitats for our animal species, but this is not one.

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Reviewed May 9, 2013

I just so happen to live close by so we drive down here couple times a year to walk around La Jolla and then watch the seals.
They are pretty much sleeping most of the time, but it is very relaxing to see them being lazy.
Takes your mind off of a busy life.
There are also tide pools close by where people can walk around and a grassy area where I people relax or have a picnic.

The downside is that some areas smell really awful.
It's probably because of all the animals that live there.
Other than that I highly recommend checking this place out.
It's definitely interesting and it's free!

Thank Remi R
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Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

One of my favorite beaches in SoCal. My friends and I were even able to get a picture with a sea lion behind us! We hung out for a couple hours and watched the sunset. I would love to visit again.

Thank keener86
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

I have lived in San Diego for nearly 40 years & Childrens pool USED TO BE a nice place for young moms to take their kids. Now "they" let the sea lions take over....Let's see how the Chamber of Commerce likes it when we more Great White Shark attacks ;(
Yes, I Love the ocean & spend time in it...

Thank Roberto92037
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