Volunteer Work Party
Saturday, March 25, 2017
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Welcome to the launch of What’s New at Pacific View, brought to you by the Encinitas Arts, Culture, and Ecology Alliance (EACEA).  We’re a 501c3 organization dedicated to transforming Pacific View Elementary School into the Pacific View Academy of Arts, Culture and Ecology for the benefit of our community.

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Located on the highest bluff in Old Encinitas, Pacific View is perfectly sited be a beacon of sustainable arts and innovation facing a shared Pacific Rim future. Image thanks Scott Chatfield and Save Pacific View.

Our Story


From 1953 to 2003 Pacific View was a public elementary school in Old Encinitas at the corner of 3rd and W F Streets, home to the historic all-ages one-room 1883 Schoolhouse. In March of 2014 the City of Encinitas purchased the abandoned site, recognizing it as an important asset of high value to the community, if transformed into an arts and culture center. In February of 2015 the City selected EACEA as its partner to preserve and rehabilitate the site; to create an arts culture and ecology showcase and education facility. Learn more >

EACEA Landscape Committee at a recent Pacific View design charrette held in the historic 1883 Schoolhouse.

What's New


EACEA received its final IRS determination in January 2017 and is now a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. We expect to submit our preliminary entitlement applications (Coastal Development and Conditional Use Permits) to the City of Encinitas in late April or early May 2017. 


We recently welcomed Steve Barilotti, Lisa Shaffer and Bob Nichols to the EACEA board of directors. Steve, a media producer and former Surfer Magazine editor, has been a member since the founding of EACEA and has multiple planning, photography, writing, editing and fundraising skills. Lisa is a former City Councilwoman and Deputy Mayor who brings her high-value organizational and civic planning experience. Bob, Surfing Madonna’s Oceans Project Chairman, offers event planning expertise and a generous commitment to providing ongoing support for Pacific View with revenues from upcoming events like the Encinitas Half Marathon on March 26th and this summer’s 2017 Beach Run and Open Ocean Swim.


Chandra Conway (PVS Class of 1989), our original grantwriter, helped to submit our first grant proposal of 2017 to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Encinitas resident Carol Wolf has joined the EACEA team, bringing professional expertise in strategic planning. June Chocheles, a professional strategic and fundraising consultant with a deep background working with San Diego start-ups, has signed on to the advisory board.


The Encinitas Historical Society, Cottonwood Creek Conservancy, Arts Alive, Encinitas Friends of the Arts, Engage Encinitas, and Synergy Arts Foundation are active participants in and donors to Pacific View planning and restoration. thinkPARALLAX, Encinitas’ corporate design, branding, promotion and publicity experts, have been helping EACEA since the beginning with our digital public outreach efforts. Special thanks to founders Jonathan Hanwit and Guusje Bendeler, and project manager Mallory Murphy.


With generous kick-off grants of $150,000 from the County of San Diego, $30,000 from the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, a recent “Class of 2016” donor tile drive and many generous individual donations, EACEA is ramping up improvements to the site and buildings.


In addition to valuable collaboration with the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, we are finalizing arrangements with The Ecology Center to lead the EACEA effort to design, build and operate the learning landscape, ecology teaching gardens and culinary arts components of Pacific View. Watch video >

Workers from Encinitas Glass repairing windows on the former Pacific View kindergarten, soon to be our library and Reception Room.


Leucadia Towing’s agreement with the City has expired and they have vacated the property. This enables a much more comprehensive site clean-up and creates parking on-site for staff, guests, contractors and volunteers.

Work performed to date: 

  • Broken windows were replaced to secure classroom interiors from vandalism and weather damage
  • The fence surrounding the 1883 Schoolhouse was moved to improve security and bring the Schoolhouse within the Pacific View campus
  • Volunteers have helped with landscaping and erosion control led by Brad Roth and Mark Wisniewski of the Cottonwood Creek Conservancy
  • Rotted eves were removed and repaired
  • The dilapidated classroom canopy was dismantled and the wood salvaged for future PVS projects
  • The exterior walls and window frames have been patched, sanded and primed for new paint scheduled for the end of April
See photos & learn more about the updates


In response to sporadic vandalism at Pacific View, we are working with Sergeant Colin Ingraham of the San Diego Sheriff’s North County Division. Detectives Jonathan Simon and Gary Rivers surveyed the property last week and offered a number of low-cost but effective methods to deter petty crime, transient camping, graffiti and vandalism. The Sheriff’s Department has increased driveway surveillance and removed illegal campers. We will be upgrading the fence and installing security cameras as funding permits and we welcome contributions from supporters to help fund that effort.

Conceptual design of Pacific View fully restored to function. Rendering thanks to Tom Grimm.

What's Next


Our newsletter was launched to keep you informed on the progress of this exciting project. Future issues will include ways you can support Pacific View to make the vision a reality for our community. We are improving the Pacific View website to make it easy for you to learn more and contribute to our success.   

Roberta Walker, Cardiff 101 Main Street Director and EACEA volunteer.

What You Can Do


  • Join the Pacific View team to support the creation of a vibrant community arts, culture and ecology center
  • Receive invitations to our events and programs
  • Receive updates on our progress


We have volunteer work parties on the last Saturday of each month. Join the fun, learn some landscaping tips, and contribute to the rehabilitation of Pacific View.

The next volunteer work party will be held on Saturday, March 25 at Pacific View (390 W F Street, Encinitas, CA 92024) from 8:30 a.m. to noon. You are welcome to join us throughout the morning. Water, oranges and a good time provided!

For more information, contact Mark Wisniewski


Your donations will help us accelerate rehabilitation and establish arts, culture and  ecology programs that will benefit our community.

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Mosaic Wall crafted by Pacific View students in 2002, one year before closing by the Encinitas Unified School District. Check out more cool photos of PV students, teachers and staff over the last 60 years at our Friends Of Pacific View Facebook.

Our mailing address is:

Encinitas Arts, Culture and Ecology Alliance @ Pacific View School
390 W F Street
Encinitas, CA 92024

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