Checking In On the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Improvements

Earlier this week, we strolled through the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan area to view the new areas that opened to the public earlier this month. This first phase of the project includes the first section of a linear esplanade that will eventually span 1.2 miles along the North Embarcadero.

North Embarcadero Visionary Plan

Along Broadway, it looks like the rest of the artistic light fixtures have arrived.


Imported from Poland, the new fixtures are an interesting addition to the Broadway corridor.


Here’s one of the new public areas that opened earlier this month. The gardens are still being protected while the plants settle in, but it’s nice to have a little more breathing room along the bustling waterfront.


Visitors have wasted no time spreading out onto the new paths.


Here’s a closer look at some of those rooftop letters above the south pavilion. The words are actually excerpts from the 1970 Richard Bach novel, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.


Across the entrance to Broadway Pier, the north pavilion and surrounding gardens remain closed off.


They’re still putting the finishing touches on the new restroom as well.


We learned earlier this month that the Port of San Diego recommended North Park favorite Carnitas Snack Shack to operate the cafe space in the north pavilion. They apparently beat out Consortium Holdings, who proposed to duplicate their popular Soda & Swine restaurant on Adams Avenue. Kudos to the Port for getting local restaurant operators involved.


Here’s the current timeline. The grand opening of the entire project area will be in the fall.


Out on the end of Broadway Pier, walls came down to reveal these historic maps of San Diego Bay over the years. They’re part of several surface enhancements currently in progress on the pier, including several new seating areas for visitors to gather and relax along one of the best spots along the waterfront.


Across Harbor Drive, the mound of dirt at Lane Field continues to grow. Our attention will turn to that project once the first phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan is complete.

  • Brian

    Are the Broadway median lights going to be painted a more vibrant color? Perhaps they are going for more of an Earth-tone feel. This may look more complete once the Lane Field lots are developed.

    • San Diego Streets

      That’s a good question! They’re white in the renderings, but we’re not sure. You’re probably right that everything will come together once all of the surrounding work is complete.