Non-profit launches fundraiser for beach stairs

June 17, 2013 by  

Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches, a non-profit organization, has launched Adopt-A-Stairway to raise money for repairs to beach stairs.

According to the vice president and founder of the organization, Encinitas resident Bill Mahoney, the stairs were constructed in the 1960s and they have only ever had minor repairs since that time. Over 700,000 people visit the beaches every year, with the only access being via the stairs.

In total, there are two parks with a total of nine stairways, and it will cost $250,000 to repair all of them. Currently, the organization has raised around $5,000. In addition, they have had offers of time, materials, and labor. The non-profit organization was launched in 2009 when the parks departments were struggling due to budget cuts.

Previously, the organization has dealt with smaller projects which required minor repairs, although Adopt-A-Stairway is the most ambitious project to date. Northern San Diego County state parks superintendent, Robin Greene, is happy to have help from the organization as the stairs do need repairs. The park has actually signed a contract with the organization so that work carried out can be checked to ensure safety.

According to Greene, the department can only afford crucial work like maintaining the toilets. The organization needs more volunteers so that it can reach its fundraising target. They may have sought help from the local printers so that they can utilize flyer printing services to promote the campaign. There are two fund raising events which are soon to take place and may need promotion.