After being closed last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, Redondo Beach’s popular Seaside Lagoon is set to open June 15, the same day California is expected to reopen.
“It would be a shame to not have that open,” said Mayor Bill Brand at a Redondo Beach City Council meeting this week, where the panel voted to open the park. “We can always close it if there’s another surge or if the county doesn’t allows us to open.”
The council voted to have the Seaside Lagoon, one of the South Bay’s most family-friendly swimming areas, open from June 15 to Labor Day. But COVID-19 health restrictions could but a damper on those plans, Brand said.
Seaside Lagoon is typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, around 100 days a year.
Laurie Koike, interim community services director, said at Tuesday’s meeting one of the biggest concerns about opening in about two months is staffing the Seaside Lagoon, from lifeguards to cashiers.
“Since we didn’t have a season last year, a large percentage of people who have worked at Seaside Lagoon have moved on to other jobs or can only commit to limited periods of time,” Koike said.
The last full year of operation for the Seaside Lagoon was from July 2018 to June 2019, said Koike. It produced a revenue of $545,000 for the city, which included entrance fees and income from private parties. Revenue, she said, for the shortened year is project to be half that, between $200,000 and $250,000.
Another issue is the BeachLife Festival, which is set to return to the Seaside Lagoon Sept. 10-12. Allen Sanford, founder of the festival, and the event organizers need approximately 10 days to be able to set up the festival, according to Brand. But the mayor said the city and Sanford can work around that issue with Seaside Lagoon open Labor Day weekend.
In a Thursday interview, Brand said “this is all contingent on there not being any more concerns.
“Nothing is set in stone,” he said.