Oceanside Pier at sunset
|Official name||Oceanside Municipal Pier|
|Total length||1,954 feet (596 m)|
|Toll||Open to the Public|
The pier was first built in 1888 at what is now Wisconsin Avenue. The original pier was destroyed by storms in the winter of 1890, and was rebuilt in 1893 by Melchoir Pieper at what is now Pier View Way, where all subsequent piers would be located. Four iterations of the pier were built and then destroyed by heavy storms. The current pier was built and formally opened to the public in September 1987, at a cost of $5 million.
At the foot of the pier is the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheatre, which hosts numerous events throughout the year. The Junior Seau Beach Community Center, also known as the Beach Recreation Center, is a 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) facility located near the pier that includes a gymnasium, meeting room, stage, and kitchen. Both the amphitheater and the community center were renamed posthumously in 2012 in honor of hometown football hero Junior Seau.
Now in its sixth incarnation (built in 1987), the pier is a popular fishing spot, and Ruby's Diner, a 50's style diner, is located at the end. Surfing is also very popular on both the North and South sides of the pier.
Pre-pay parking is available along Mission Ave, N. Pacific St, N. Myers, and as well as on N. Cleveland St. Parking regulations are very strict in Oceanside, especially near the pier and the harbor.
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