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Posted on: October 25, 2019

Powerhouse deck expansion approved, fundraising begins

Powerhouse Deck Expansion rendering

The Powerhouse Park Community Center, a historic hub of activities and events, is set to receive a major expansion of its second-story deck and other improvements after unanimous approval by the City Council on Oct. 21.

Plans call for an 829-square-foot addition to more than double the area of the upper deck adjoining the west-facing front of the building. The expansion will replace an existing trellis that covers a hardscaped patio below.

Designed as a new amenity, the deck would not expand the center’s capacity for events or place new burdens upon other facilities and parking.

In addition to the deck, the project includes the replacement of three trellis structures and the installation of new lighting fixtures at Powerhouse Park. Through the years, the elements have caused portions of the trellises and lighting standards to decay.

Construction is targeted to run from January through March. Total costs are estimated at $560,000.

The Friends of the Powerhouse, a driving force behind a number of community projects, is starting its campaign to raise $220,000 for the deck expansion. Learn about ways to contribute.

Since the late 1990s, the Friends have raised nearly $3 million in private donations to support the Powerhouse restoration (1999), construction of the Beach Safety Center (2012) and the installation of the Tot Lot at Powerhouse Park (2001), said President Gala Yayla.

“Everyone loves the Powerhouse,” Yayla said. “Everyone believes it’s the core and heart and soul of Del Mar.”

The Powerhouse dates to 1928 and once housed equipment to heat water for the Del Mar Hotel and the nearby Del Mar Plunge swimming pool. During the late 1950s, the building was home to the Roaring 20s nightclub.

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