Children's Pool

Children's Pool information

La Jolla , USA
850 Coast Blvd
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La Jolla’s Children’s Pool was created in the early 1930s as a public city park. Then came the seals, drawing tourists but gradually nudging out swimmers completely by 1997. Animal-rights groups and swimmers duked it out in court. Animal rights groups want to protect the cove as a seal rookery, while swimmers and divers wanted the seals – whose presence raises bacterial levels in the waters to unsafe levels – removed. For now the seals remain, surrounded by a simple rope barrier to keep humans at bay.

State and federal courts have consistently ruled that the seals must go, but Mother Nature may be the final authority.