Imperial Beach began its history as South San Diego Beach in the summer of 1887, when real estate developer R.R. Morrison filed a subdivision map with the San Diego County offices. George Chaffey later added to the area, intending to create a weekend getaway for residents of nearby Imperial Valley. This development eventually resulted in the community?s name being changed to Imperial Beach.
Imperial Beach?s ?modern period? began around 1910. It was around this time that the first paved roads, sidewalks and permanent services such as a post office, school districts, and general stores were developed. The city?s ideal location on the San Diego Bay ? combined with the outbreak of World War II ? mean that the United States military has been and will continue to be a welcome presence in Imperial Beach.
Although there is much to do in nearby San Diego and across the border in Mexico, residents have plenty of options to choose from right in town. Children can participate in a variety of organized sports sponsored by such organizations as the Imperial Beach Girls Softball Association and the Imperial Beach Little League. The local Cub Scout Troop Pack 833 offers more community-based activities and some outdoor fun.
The culturally inclined will want to visit the many local museums, galleries and other cultural offerings. Imperial Beach is also home to a number of recreational attractions, most notably Dunes Park, Tijuana River Valley and the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Imperial Beach is one of the most community-based cities you?re likely to come across and hosts a variety of festivals annually. September brings the Symphony by the Sea at Pier Plaza. The annual Imperial Beach Student Film Festival occurs during the first weekend in October, while the last weekend of the month brings the first official event of the International Bodyboard Association?s tour. Imperial Beach is also the home of the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition each summer, which provides a fun weekend for the whole family.
Students in Imperial Beach have a number of educational options. Six public and one private school offer elementary through middle-school education, while public Mar Vista Senior High School and private Imperial Beach Christian School finish the children?s primary education. For post-secondary education, San Diego State is only 15 miles away. Additionally, the University of California San Diego and San Marcos State are within 35 miles.
Nearby San Diego is a wonderful destination with a variety of world-renowned attractions. The San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the well-respected San Diego Museum of Art are just a short drive away. And of course, no trip to the city would be complete without a visit to the world famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park.
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