Downtown residents will soon have a new place to relax in the sun, as a big piece of San Diego’s waterfront development nears completion. Opening May 10, the new Waterfront Park replaces two drab parking lots north and south of the landmark County Administration Center.
The 12-acre park is a wonderful example of how under-utilized land can be converted into beautiful public space.
Underneath the new park is a 250-space public parking garage, accessible via Ash Street. Employee parking will eventually move to a 10-story parking garage at Kettner and Cedar, currently under construction and expected to open next year.
The main attraction is an 830-foot-long fountain stretching across the entire site, with 31 water jets streaming 14 feet into the air. Yes, you’ll be able to play in it.
Don’t ask us how these funky new playground thingies work. We’re sure the kids will figure it out.
Let’s hope the snack bar serves ice cream cones.
The park overlooks the historic sea vessels at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. We’re already staking out our spot for the Big Bay Boom fireworks celebration on July 4.
The County will host its grand opening celebration on May 10 with a classic car show, farmer’s market, beer and wine garden, and food truck pavilion.