Skip to main content

KPBS Radio is undergoing scheduled upgrade work which may result in temporary signal outages.

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Tokyo Olympics

La Jolla’s Children’s Pool Closes For ‘Pupping Season’

The Children's Pool in La Jolla is shown in this photo, March 5, 2017.

Photo by KPBS Staff

Above: The Children's Pool in La Jolla is shown in this photo, March 5, 2017.

The annual closure of the Children's Pool beach in La Jolla to give harbor seals space to give birth and wean their young is scheduled to begin Friday.

People are kept away from the beach during "pupping season," which runs from Dec. 15 to May 15. Visitors are generally discouraged from getting too close to the seals during other times, as well.

The Children's Pool has been the site of a long-running conflict between animal rights activists and advocates for beach access. It has led to numerous court and City Council hearings.

RELATED: La Jolla Cove Named Fifth Most Bacteria-Ridden Beach In State

The area was deeded to the city of San Diego in 1931 as a safe swimming spot for youth, but seals began taking over the spot in the 1990s.

California Coastal Commission staff contend that water quality is poor in the area because of the seals, so it is no longer a good place for swimming. On Wednesday, the commission granted a request by the city to be allowed to install a pair of gates on stairs that lead down to the beach.

Opponents of the ban contend the seal population is exploding and they are not a threatened or endangered species.

City officials said that park rangers and lifeguards will continue to monitor the Children's Pool during the beach closure to keep the public and wildlife safe.


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.