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Ocean Beach Pier Renewal

We Want Your Input on the Ocean Beach Pier Renewal Project

Ocean Beach Pier Background

The Ocean Beach (OB) Pier first opened on July 2, 1966. Conceived as a sportfishing pier, the facility enables the public to access and interact with the ocean. There is no fee for walking out onto the pier and fishing licenses are not required.

During the first 25 years of service, the structure received normal ongoing maintenance required by exposure to the harsh marine environment, where it is subjected to wind, waves and the salt‐laden marine atmosphere. In 1991, the pier underwent major structural rehabilitation. Since the early 2000s, exposure to large waves and ongoing degradation has required structural repairs with increasing frequency. The pier has been temporarily closed several times in recent years due to damage suffered in storms and high surf. It was recently closed from January 2023 to July 2023 but reopened just in time for its 57th anniversary.

Based on the findings of a PDF icon 2018 study of the OB Pier, the City has determined that pursuing a potential replacement of the pier is the best option considering the ongoing costs of repairs, the need to modernize the existing facility and the anticipation of future sea level rise. The 2018 study by consultant Moffatt & Nichol examined the damage and deterioration of the structure and analyzed three options for the future of the pier: repair, rehabilitate or replace. The study documented various structural problems with the pier and determined that it has reached the end of its service life.

Project Description

This project aims to provide a long-term solution for the 57-year-old pier through a potential replacement.

This City is working with Moffatt & Nichol to design the preferred alternative for the potential replacement of the pier based on input from San Diegans, community impacts, environmental permitting, sustainability, operational usage, cost, historical significance and other factors. The City will host a series of upcoming community workshops to share information about the project and gather input from community members.

A task force was created to represent the community’s interest in the project. The Ocean Beach Pier Task Force includes volunteer community members who were nominated by local advisory groups and representatives from Mayor Gloria’s office, Council District 2 and the City’s Strategic Capital Projects Department.


Project Timeline*

Timeline of OB Pier renewal project

Project Budget*

A project budget will be determined after the preferred alternative is completed. Currently, there is $8.4 million in state funding designated for the project and the City will pursue other state and federal grants.

Upcoming Community Workshops

Workshop #4

  • Early 2024: Details will be released as they become available.

Past Community Workshops

Workshop #1 - Saturday, April 1

Full presentation

Workshop highlights

Workshop #2 - Saturday, June 10

Full presentation

Workshop highlights

Workshop #3 - Saturday, Sept. 9

Community Workshop #3 Questionnaire

  • Provide your feedback on the three preliminary design concepts for a potential Ocean Beach Pier replacement. Your input will help shape the preferred design concept that will be unveiled in early 2024.

Full presentation

Workshop highlights

Photos and Videos

Councilmember Campbell on Ocean Beach Pier Renewal


Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about the Ocean Beach Pier Renewal project, please fill out the form below or email obpierrenewal@sandiego.gov.

Submit Your Questions and Comments

Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required.


*Project timeline and budget are subject to change.