County to Open New Civic Treasure: Waterfront Park

Join the festivities as a dream more than 100 years in the making comes true with the grand opening of the Waterfront Park. In 1908, city planner John Nolen envisioned a bay front civic center surrounded by parkland. Because of the leadership of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the Waterfront Park has now become a reality and will act as a welcoming landmark to visitors and residents alike.

The 12-acre park encircles downtown’s historic County Administration Center and overlooks the Star of India and San Diego Bay. A sparkling 830-foot-long fountain runs nearly its length and features jets that will shoot water 14 feet up into the air and down into a shallow splash area for children. The park also includes a promenade, two expansive greens, theme gardens, plazas and terraces, a picnic area, shade trees, a large play area and public restrooms.

A daylong slate of festivities will begin with a grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10 at the County Administration Center located at 1600 Pacific Highway.

“We have been waiting a long time for this day, and I am thrilled to see the Waterfront Park completed,” said County Supervisor Bill Horn. “I was born down the street from the park and this is where I played growing up. I think it’s great that new generations of children will play here too and be able to enjoy the beauty of the San Diego waterfront like I did.”

Supervisor Horn at Waterfront Park

During the ceremony, the Board of Supervisors will also welcome City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Mary Roosevelt, the daughter-in-law of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who dedicated the building in 1938.                  

After the formal grand opening, the fountain will be turned on and visitors will be able to enjoy live music, dance performances and a classic car show. Kids can romp around on inflatable play structures, check out an obstacle course and super slide, have their faces painted and more. Visitors can also shop at a Farmers Market, dine at a Food Truck Pavilion, and sip in a sectioned-off garden featuring craft beer and wine from local brewers and vintners. Entertainment will continue throughout the day until 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.sdparks.org.