Also known as Casa Beach, is a small sandy beach located at 850 Coast Boulevard, at the end of Jenner Street, in La Jolla, California
A sea wall built in 1931 protects the beach from crashing waves, making it a favorite spot for divers and swimmers. Before the "wave wall" was built, there was a shallow water area between a large rock and a mainland bluff called "Seal Rock Point." The sea wall was built on top of several rocks, across the channel. It is topped by a paved walkway protected by railings.
Local philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps paid for the sea wall project in order to create a Children's Pool, a place where children could play and swim protected from the waves. Ms. Scripps gave the completed project to the City of San Diego. The gift was confirmed by an act of the Legislature, signed by the Governor in 1931, which says that "said lands shall be devoted exclusively to public park, bathing pool for children, parkway, highway, playground, and recreational purposes", while specifying that the area should remain available for fishing
Seal Rock, 100 yards (91 m) north of the beach, has always been home to a seal population. The first mention by the city council of seals in the area was in 1992, when it was noted that the population of marine mammals and particularly harbor seals had been increasing over the past 10 years.
In November 1992 the city created a Marine Mammal Reserve in the Seal Rock area. The Reserve was created for a 5-year period and later renewed for a second 5-year period. The boundary of the reserve extended almost to the seaward entrance to Children's Pool. State agencies expressed conflicting opinions about the legal ability of the city to create this reserve.
In 1994 some seals were observed to haul out on Seal Rock but no seals were seen on the beach at Children's Pool, according to a report by the National Marine Fisheries Service. By 1996 twice as many seals were using the beach as were using Seal Rock. Seal pup births were observed at Children's Pool for the first time in 1999. The NMFS attributed the change to the increase in the local seal population, an increase which had been observed all over the west coast.
In September 1997 the city closed Children's Pool to swimming
A Rust Hand Rail On The Sea Wall
Stairs leading to Children's Pool Beach.