SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Fascinating things are happening along San Diego Bay these days.
The Port of San Diego and the USS Midway Museum are working on a plan to turn the Navy Pier into a new public park in San Diego Bay’s North Embarcadero called “Freedom Park,” officials said Thursday.
The Ports Council of Commissioners approved a memorandum of understanding at its meeting on Tuesday, which includes the port’s $ 11.7 million commitment to federal stimulus funding received through the American Rescue Plan Act and the Midway’s contribution of at least $ 30 million to work.
“Our agreement with the USS Midway Museum is an important milestone in providing an exciting new public park – and improving public access – to the North Embarcadero,” said Dan Malcolm, chairman of the port’s board of trustees. “In partnership with Midway as well as the California Coastal Commission, we will create a better experience for anyone visiting the San Diego Bay waterfront.”
Plans include the demolition of the head — a Navy depot — at the pier, the completion of pile improvements and the strengthening of the pier, and the construction of the park with amenities intended to reflect San Diego’s military history, sidewalks around and through the park. landscaping, benches, signage, toilets and parking.
According to the port and the museum, the full cost will be determined later.
“We are very excited to be working with the Port of San Diego to develop the ‘Freedom Park’ in the Navy Pier that will create a beautiful public downtown waterfront for San Diegans as well as visitors to America’s best city. “, he said. Mac McLaughlin, President and CEO of the USS Midway Museum.
With the approval of the Memorandum of Understanding, port staff will work with Midway and the California Coastal Commission on design details for the 5.7-acre park. When the design is complete, the port will process a coastal development permit with the California Coast Commission.
The port envisages the issuance of the permit in early 2024. Before the start of construction, the headboard will be demolished and the structural improvements of the pier will be completed. The current schedule for the opening of the park is early 2029.
Good evening San Diego, KUSI’s Dan Plante was out at the Navy pier by the Midway for more details.
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