Pro-access RAMP launches drive for safe Children's Pool access
by DAVE SCHWAB
Jun 10, 2014 | 3806 views | 8 8 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Referring to it as the “grandfather of disability ramps,” advocates are clamoring to get La Jolla’s Children’s Pool’s access ramp now under construction brought up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. The pro-access group Restoring Access to Many People (RAMP) has launched a drive to petition the California Coastal Commission (CCC) to restore safe access by disabled people to the beach at Children’s Pool.

“This is the only ocean pool, not only in La Jolla but on the West Coast, that’s been accessible for the disabled,” said RAMP spokesperson Cheri Jacobs Aspen. She added, “It’s a cruel joke that they’re constructing new ADA-accessible showers at the Children’s Pool lifeguard tower — when there’s no ramp to get the disabled down to the showers.”

Jacobs Aspen said she began a petition drive May 8 in an attempt to get the CCC to direct that Children’s Pool’s new lifeguard tower, now under construction, have its ramp leading down to the beach upgraded to current ADA standards.

Disabled rights advocates say manmade Children’s Pool had a serviceable disabled ramp as early as the 1940s, built to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, the elderly and toddlers, until it fell into disrepair in recent times.

Herself disabled, Jacobs Aspen insists that making Children’s Pool truly ADA-accessible once again would “put San Diego on the ADA map of the world.”

Jacobs Aspen said she’s gotten about 260 signatures counted toward her ultimate goal of 1,000. She intends to present her petition to create an ADA-accessible Children’s Pool ramp to the Coastal Commission at its August meeting in San Diego.

Children’s Pool was created as a safe wading pool for children by La Jolla philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps in the 1930s. The pool is good for the disabled for many of the same reasons it’s good for children, including its being sheltered from turbulent wave action.

Jacobs Aspen noted the disabled community is an underserved minority with the same need as everyone else to access the pool.

“We have 16,000 new limbless American Veterans, the most here in the military town of San Diego, that could heal in the waters of the Children's Pool,” she said. “An ADA ramp fits well there and needs to be included in the current Children's Pool beach facility remodel.

“We need this ADA access now, to serve the many disabled, including children, Wounded Warriors and the elderly. It is the only one we have, and it must stay open all year long with an ADA ramp.”
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ddttjj
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June 15, 2014
Continuing Ellen Browning Scripps' vision of a protected pool for children and "those handicapped in life's game" is what we are about. Unfortunately many organizations and people have been duped into taking their eyes off the ball so to speak by those seeking to close the pool. They have ten years of indoctrination behind them. We who seek to restore the pool have decades of law and history to support our cause. The city broke faith with the very trust to which it is the trustee when it cemented up the sluice ways which were designed to flush out the pool and keep it clean and allow the marine life to thrive. The city destined that the pool die a quick death as the sand built up quickly burying the reefand killing off the marine life. The ramp that was added years later to make access possible for wheel chairs as well as the public was allowed to fall into disrepair by the city of San Diego. This was the second major blow the city dealt to the purpose of the trust. Wheel chair use as well as families using strolers have not been able to access the ocean since that day. The third negative action taken by the city was to create a 'seal preserve' on Seal Rock. Those seals that were released by Sea World made a short swim over to the Children's Pool beach and the other seals followed. That was the true beginning of the problem we have today. Please join us to undo the great damage the 'close the pool' crowd and the city has done to a piece of San Diego and California's history that is the Children's Pool. In August the Coastal Commission will be making a decision right here in San Diego whether to allow the city to close the pool, causing further damage to the environment, the marine life as well as luring great whites to the area.
JLeek001
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June 15, 2014
San Diego did not create a seal preserve. No declaration was ever made. It could not qualify and the seals are thriving without it. It is still posted as an open public beach (with a rope across it to intimidate citizens). San Diego intends to complete the theft of a beach from its own children in August if the Coastal Commission agrees. Getting caught denying ADA access would cost the City money so it wants the closure to save money.
restorechildrenspool
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June 13, 2014
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/journal/v51-3/pdf/v51-3_pool.pdf

This is the link to the Award Winning Article, "Until Kingdom Comes" about the History of the Children's Pool

Thank you for your time and Support Sincerely.
restorechildrenspool
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June 15, 2014
We received 129 more signers just in a few days! Thank you for your Support for our Disabled, including Challenged Athletes for whom the Children's Pool would make a great event area, Wounded Warriors to swim and for all disabled to enjoy the Real Pacific Ocean in Safety and to heal physically, mentally and Spiritually in the ocean water, sun and the ocean life who are all part of the therapy! Here is a link to the petition. Thank you for your support for the Disabled. Please join this campaign: http://chn.ge/1mGuAwP

Thank you from the RAMP Committee to Restore Access to Many People at the Children's Pool, La Jolla CA U.S.A.
Califia
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June 13, 2014
The petition to restore disabled access at Children's Pool can be found on Change.org

http://www.change.org/petitions/ada-access-for-the-disabled-into-the-safe-ocean-pool-the-children-s-pool?utm_source=supporter_message&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=supporter_message
restorechildrenspool
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June 13, 2014
We are a grass roots local Community Committee comprised of both disabled and abled snorkelers, swimmers, and scuba divers. Our email is restorechildrenspool@gmail.com . And I'd be so happy to speak with you as well, email me and we can exchange telephone numbers. The Disabled are a group of people in pain and struggle with day to day life, as I am experiencing now. That is why we have those ADA Laws. The Children's Pool should be the Jewel of La Jolla sparkling clean with seals on the ocean side and at South Casa beach where the Children's Pool sand will be conveyed, and be a natural haul out that washes clean for the seals. The restored pool with sluiceways open would make the pool a pool again, and not a beach. No one realizes that there were bleacher seats that were also steps into the pool, a major access route into the pool and to sit upon. That major access has been allowed to fall to ruin. Some of the original bleacher seats are still intact under the sand that should not be there. This is a link to a wonderful award winning article about this situation that has become epidemic and a Seal Profit Industry is strong around the World, not unlike Sea World, which is what the Children's Pool is now. Sea World released them there with no EIR . Now this Sea World Created Children's Pool is starving, depleted and polluted. Marine Mammal Parks are to be fed and the water cleaned. It is not consistent with a Human Bathing Pool as was just proven O'Sullivan VS. San Diego. The Ruling was no -poop- in- the-pool, an Actual Human Health Ruling, then overturned at the state level ignoring a human health ruling? Something VERY polluted about that I'd say. It was about this time that the historic ramp was gated and locked barring wheelchair access into the very pool built for them. Please support this Access as well as a Balanced Ocean Ecology. Thank you, RAMP Committee; restorechildrenspool@gmail.com
casaalanis
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June 13, 2014
Great Petition, please give us an email or link where we can submit our agreement and support your cause. I have searched for your group by acronym and full name and can't find anything online
restorechildrenspool
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June 13, 2014
http://www.change.org/petitions/ada-access-for-the-disabled-into-the-safe-ocean-pool-the-children-s-pool#

And you can go to change.org Enter ADA Access and click on the Vision Painting of this ocean pool. Thank you, check out the vision that serves the disabled as well as the ecology.

Thank you,

Cheri with RAMP at restorechildrenspool@gmail.com

YouTube Address is : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hV-d8f7W-eY

RAMP Restore Access To Many People

COAST Coastal Ocean Access & Sustainability Team