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Ocean Beach Pier Renewal Community Workshop #4

Preferred design concept for a potential Ocean Beach Pier replacement will be unveiled

Ocean Beach Pier Concept Unveil

During this workshop, the City of San Diego and its consultants will present the preferred design concept for a potential Ocean Beach Pier replacement. The preferred design concept was created based on public input of the three preliminary design concepts that were presented in September 2023.

Saturday, April 6, 2024 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Liberty Station Conference Center

2600 Laning Road, San Diego, CA, 92106

To learn more, or provide public comment visit..



2023-04-01 ob pier meeting photo ralph teyssier
OB Pier Model

Interesting Facts...

  • Originally Named the San Diego Fishing Pier. The original plaque is still there.
  • Over 500,000 Visitors Per Year.
  • At 1971 Feet It Is the Longest Concrete Pier on the West Coast. The Pier at Santa Cruz is 2745 Feet, Making it the Longest in the State.
  • The 1st Fish Caught on the Pier was an 8-inch Perch. The 2nd and 3rd Fish Caught were a Gray Shark and a Crab.
  • Often Called the "Queen Fish", Herring is the Most Common Fish Caught on the Pier. There is NO LIMIT!
  • Then CA Governor Edmund G. Brown Made the First Cast Off the OB Pier and Reportedly Fished for 5 minutes. Brown caught nothing and was defeated in November. (Coincidence?)
  • Currently No Fishing License is Required on the Pier.
  • In 1991 over $2 Million was Spent on the Pier to Repair Damages Caused by Winter Storms.

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More about the OB Pier

The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, one of the most visited landmarks in San Diego County, was officially christened and introduced to eager San Diegans on July 2, 1966. Over 7,000 of San Diego's then 600,000 residents showed up to celebrate the opening, including local politicians Mayor Frank Curran and California Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown who had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

Although the pier quickly became a popular destination for locals and tourists, its original purpose was for fishing. Local Ocean Beach fishermen needed a way to prevent their fishing lines and lures from getting tangled in the vast kelp and rock beds that lie near the surface of the water near the shores. With the construction of the OB Pier, anglers are able to fish in 25-30 feet of water, avoiding most of the shoreline kelp and enabling them to catch species of fish that live in deeper waters. The pier extends 1971 feet into the ocean and is purported to be the longest concrete fishing pier on the west coast. Its unique T-shape at the end of the pier adds 360 feet to the south and 193 feet to the north.

The OB Pier was not the first attempt at providing OB residents a place to fish. Prior to the completion of the pier, a bridge had been constructed in 1915 across the mouth of Mission Bay, which extended from the north end of Bacon Street to what is now the dunes of Mission Bay. This bridge, which was 1,500 feet long, was mainly built so residents could travel from Voltaire to Mission Beach. Soon after its construction, local fishermen thought they had finally found a place to fish. Though the bridge served its primary purpose as a means of transportation for local residents, it proved to be a poor solution for the town's fishermen. When safety concerns and issues with flood control eventually resulted in the bridge becoming derelict and ultimately demolished., San Diegans were promised a replacement for the tourists and fishermen who enjoyed it. Construction began on another fishing option – a steel pier at the foot of Del Monte Avenue – in the early 1940s. Due to World War II steel shortages, construction was halted, and the pier was never completed. In 1966, the city finally came through on its promise and opened what is now the OB Pier at the foot of Niagara, a location proven better suited for tourists and anglers alike.

Tide Pools

San Diego Ocean Beach Fishing Pier and Tidepools and Sealife
San Diego Ocean Beach Fishing Pier and Tidepools

Photos Courtesy of: Josh Utley - Please respect sealife and put it back where you found it. (=

For the Best Experience We Recommend You Visit the Tidepools During Low Tide.

The Ocean Beach Tidepools are Located at the foot of Newport Ave. Beneath the Pier.

Ocean Beach Tide Table

Click Here  to view the full photo album.


OB Pier History

Thanks to all the OB Pier fans who have submitted stories, photos, and memories for your enjoyment below. If you have a memory, photo, or story to share, please do so using the "Pierbook" form.

OB Pier Photo by Jim Grant

Living on the Pier Block

"We lived on the pier block of Niagara in 1976..."

Pier Sunrise by Amy O'Connor

Pier Sunrise Walks

"My 'story' is quite simple: I love starting my day with sunrise walks on the pier..."

Corie and Josh Parsons

Parsons Wedding & Flash Mob

Joshua Adam Parsons and Corie Ann Parsons were married on the OB Pier in October 2015 following a dancing flash mob performed by local fun-loving folks. When asked why they selected the OB Pier as the spot for their nuptials...

OB Pier Photo by Jim Grant

On a Foggy Day, We Couldn't See Land

"My first husband and I left South Bend, IN and came to OB in Feb., '71. We must have walked the pier almost weekly for many of those first years, and it was a 'must do' with any visitors. One time it was a foggy day, and after a certain point on the pier, we couldn't see land..."

My Most Treasured Photo

My Most Treasured Photo

"I attached a photo. That picture is about 35 years old and is the most treasured one I have. My brother found that picture about 5 years ago and scanned it into a digital copy. That is me on the left with my dad and my brother around 1979. I am 10 at the time of the pic. I am 46 now and my dad passed away 15 years ago. When I saw that, I knew immediately.... Holy S#!^ We are on the freakin OB pier!! I grew up and lived in the IE at the time..."

OB Pier Sunrise

Every Sunset, Every Sunrise

"The first time my best friend Dianne brought me to OB, I fell in love, and every since, every Sunset, every Sunrise that I'm able to see reminds me how truly blessed I am to have made OB my home..."

Photo of Rhyan Cowa and his wife on OB Pier

Cowan Engagement

"On September 19th, 2013 my husband proposed to me at the end of the pier. It was about 9:30pm and we strolled along the pier, under the full moon, until we reached the bench at the very end, where we had sat years earlier and decided to move to San Diego. We sat there laughing and talking, watching the moon dance on the waves. We could hear the bagpiper, who often plays on the streets in OB, play sweet songs to the night. Once my then-boyfriend finally got enough courage to ask the big question, I already knew what it was. Of course, I said yes and ..."

Ocean Beach Fishing Pier

Still my favorite fishing & dreaming spot

"My daddy used to take me there fishing. He taught us kids how to hook blood worms & fish. Although Dad will be gone 3 yrs come Jan 8th, it is still my favorite fishing & dreaming spot..."

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Save the Ocean Beach Pier

The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, one of the most visited landmarks in San Diego County, was officially christened and introduced to eager San Diegans on July 2, 1966. Currently as of May 6th the OB pier is currently closed for repairs. Click here to watch a video by Trevor Watson.   Click here for more information about the OB Pier and it's re-opening.

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