Whale View Point is part of La Jolla California’s scenic shoreline characterized by sandstone bluffs with sandy pocket beaches and rocky tide pools. It is the southern section of the public lands that were the subject of the La Jolla Coastline Plan prepared by landscape architects Spurlock–Poirier, working in collaboration with the California Coastal Conservancy in 1990, that provided guidance for the Community’s efforts to preserve and enhance the shoreline for future generations. That plan defined this stretch of the La Jolla coast as a “natural zone” that should be restored to emphasize the natural setting.
The La Jolla Conservancy received a grant in 2007 from the Mark B. Wallner Foundation to prepare a plan and assist the Community to carry out the provisions of the Whale View Point portion of the La Jolla Coastline Plan. The La Jolla Conservancy hired local landscape architect Jim Neri to assist it to conduct a public workshop and prepare a draft plan to incorporate the public’s input and consensus of ideas. That plan was reviewed with the City of San Diego Parks Department, San Diego District Coastal Commission and California Coastal Conservancy and La Jolla Town Council and Planning Association community groups where it received additional input and support. In turn, Spurlock–Poirier Landscape Architects were hired to prepare The Whale View Point Shoreline Master Plan and implementation program.