Meet us at the Powerhouse
Spearheaded by Barbara Harper, a group of citizens formed the Powerhouse Restoration Committee which is now called the Friends of the Powerhouse to raise money to restore the powerhouse to be used as a community center. The Powerhouse Restoration Kickoff was held on Sunday, October 5, 1997 and the birth of the slogan “Meet us at the Powerhouse” began. The group set to work selling bricks and hosting an annual Valentine Dance event. The first check presented to the city was for $350,000 in August of 1999. The grand opening was on December 4th, 1999 and grand it was. Thanks to the generosity of the area residents and businesses over $450,000 was donated.
The Friends of the Powerhouse is an all-volunteer organization with the mission to raise funds to assist the City of Del Mar with ongoing preservation and enhancement of the Powerhouse Community Center, Beach Safety Center & Lifeguard Tower and adjoining public recreational areas. Our objectives are to preserve historical and architecturally significant properties, promote social welfare, educate the public and protect the community and its landmarks in the beach area.