PB Rec Center Mosaic Mural Project (Pacific Beach Community Surf Garden)

The Pacific Beach Recreation Center is an important public space that has served our community for more than 65 years. Unfortunately, it is in dire need of a facelift and improvements. The exterior and interior are in average to poor condition. Further, the Rec Center compares unfavorably to the neighboring Pacific Beach Middle School and Beach and Bay Family YMCA, which have received major upgrades, improvements, and new construction.

The PB Town Council is working with San Diego artist Rob Tobin to beautify the Rec Center with mosaic murals, part of an overall improvement project to update the space inside and out. The Pacific Beach Community Surf Garden will include a permanent installation of two one-of-a-kind large-scale mosaic art pieces depicting flowers and a sunset. See the flier.

Surfboards donated by the community will be mosaicked and used to create giant, colorful flowers and foliage on the north wall. Here’s a conceptual image:

The south wall will also feature a mixed-media paint and mosaicked surfboard mural but depicting a colorful sunset mandala, something like this:

You can help us with this community art project in four important ways:

1. Be a Sponsor

Five sponsorship levels are available. Your sponsorship will be recognized with tiles installed at the PB Rec Center that each include the name of a person or entity, and all donations are tax-deductible.

  • Waist High – $50-$99 (6-inch tile)
  • Head High – $100-$499 (10-inch tile)
  • Overhead – $500-$1,499 (14-inch tile)
  • Triple Overhead – $1,500-$4,999 (18-inch tile)
  • Tsunami – $5,000 or more (24-inch tile)

PayPal is our payment processor. You don’t need a PayPal account; credit cards are accepted. Once you donate, you will be automatically redirected back to this website, where you’ll see a form to indicate the name you want on your tile.

Important: If you’re donating in the “Triple Overhead” or “Tsunami” categories, we prefer that you write a check, to avoid PayPal’s high processing fees. Don’t forget to tell us the person or entity name that should appear on your tile!

If you’re writing a check, please make it out to PB Town Council, and write “Rec Center Murals” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to our office at 1706 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109.

2. Donate a Used Surfboard

We are looking for used fiberglass surfboards. Sorry, no foam boards or wooden boards will be accepted. Dings, wear and tear are okay, but no clunkers, water-logged, or broken boards.

We will collect the boards and use the best ones given the selection. Any boards that we don’t use for the walls will be donated to local organizations for decorating and auctioning to support the PB Rec Center.

Surfboards can be dropped off at Fitness West during business hours, at 1880 Garnet Avenue in Pacific Plaza:

Monday – Friday (5 am – 9 pm)
Saturday (7 am – 7 pm)
Sunday (8 am – 6 pm)

If you can’t bring your surfboard to Fitness West, please email us at general@pbtowncouncil.org, and we’ll arrange a pickup.

Questions about surfboard donations? Call Fitness West at (858) 272-9378.

3. Share on Social Media!

This is a big project, and we need all the exposure we can get! Here are images for sharing on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Also, here’s a flier you can send to your friends.

4. Help Prepare the Artwork for Installation

You don’t have to be an artist, just willing to work. Let us know if you’re interested:

    Rob Tobin, San Diego artistMeet the Artist

    Rob Tobin is a local artist specializing in community participatory art.

    As director of creativity for the nonprofit A Reason To Survive (ARTS), Rob worked with schools and communities to facilitate large-scale mosaic murals and mentored many young artists.

    Here is a video in which Rob shows us his work on community projects:

    Here are some works around San Diego that have been completed: