Pacific Beach News Briefs


PB Middle School improvements

are underway at campus

Construction crews on July 10 began demolishing an aging classroom hall to kickstart the number of upcoming campus transformations at PB Middle School, 4676 Ingraham St. The multi-million dollar Whole Site Modernization Project includes the construction of a new, two-story classroom building and three new classrooms in the existing library media center, and renovation and expansion of existing food service facilities. The new two-story center will replace two aging buildings on the northeast corner of the campus along Felspar Street.

When complete (the project is anticipated to wrap by winter 2021), it will include innovative work spaces, 26 classrooms and state-of-the-art technology. A new, safer entrance to the campus from the new parking lot on Felspar Street will be made by relocating administration offices. Heating ventilation and air conditioning will also be upgraded in the existing science classroom building, media center and auditorium.

Relocated Rose Canyon Bike Path opens

As part of the Mid-Coast Trolley Project, a portion of the newly relocated and upgraded Rose Canyon Bike Path opened July 3. The $1.6 million relocation was necessary to support construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley, to allow space for two new light-rail tracks and a second heavy-rail track for the passenger and freight trains that will run through the canyon. The bike path features 2,100 tons of new asphalt pavement and more than 7,000 feet of new fencing and guardrail, plus striped lanes, underground utilities and landscaping. Storm drainage has also been improved to prevent flooding.

The approximately 1.5-mile stretch runs along I-5 from the northernmost point of Santa Fe Street to Gilman Drive/La Jolla Colony Drive and will be used by more than 400 bicyclists daily. When complete, the Rose Canyon Bike Path will connect to the future 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail that will run from Oceanside to downtown San Diego

A 1,000-foot section of the new bike path, near Gilman Drive/La Jolla Colony Drive, will remain unfinished while crews complete construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley underpass. This section is anticipated to open in early 2020.

Coach starts Anderson Fútball Academy

Josh Anderson, or “Coach Josh,” as his wife Josie says he is known around the community, has been playing soccer for most of his life. Anderson Fútbol Academy (AFA) is his latest way of celebrating his love of the sport with others. AFA offers one-on-one training ($45 per hour), group training ($75 per hour) and coach training ($125 per hour). An AFA Summer Camp will also take place from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 12-16 at Kate Sessions Park, 5115 Soledad Road. The cost is $149.

Josie said years ago Josh volunteered as a coach for his son’s team at Pacific Youth Soccer League, where he has been coaching for the past eight years. For the last five years, he’s also been hosting a free afterschool youth fitness program that he created to help students from Kate Sessions and PB Elementary Schools get active with flag football, capture the flag, water balloon games and, of course, soccer.

For more details, call (619) 818-8542 or e-mail

PB in running for Best Escape Room in America

Quicksand Escape Games, a four-year-old family-owned escape room business at 1001 Garnet Ave., has been nominated for Best Escape Room in America by USA Today’s 10Best. With four different games available, Quicksand Escape Games boasts the largest capacity in San Diego.

Co-owners Greg and Jenny Sanders told PB Monthly: “Being in the running for Best Escape Room in America is a huge honor for us, and as the only nominee from San Diego, we hope our customers and the community will help us make the Top 10.” From now until 9 a.m. Aug. 26, the community can cast them a vote daily at —Compiled by Savanah Duffy