Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista Invite Public to Final Design Workshop for Bayfront Parks

The Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista invite the public to attend a final Design Workshop to review and discuss refinements to the community-guided design concepts for the future Harbor and Sweetwater Parks, each the product of a year-long outreach process and more than 1,800 in-person and digital comments.  

Together, these two park areas will account for more than half of the new park space planned for the Chula Vista Bayfront development, making their design pivotal to guiding the look and feel of these new spaces.

The Design Workshop will be held Monday, November 18, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at the City of Chula Vista Public Library Civic Center Branch, located at 365 F Street in Chula Vista.

The Port and the City are committed to a transparent and open outreach process that has invited community members to share their vision for Harbor and Sweetwater Parks and play a critical role in the development of each park’s design. Through this process, the Port, the City and the design teams have learned about how the community desires to see their recreational wants and needs balanced with equally important efforts to preserve Chula Vista’s natural resources and improve and protect waterfront access for future generations. Those learnings and preferences have been incorporated into the current design concepts for each park that will be featured at this workshop.

At this final outreach meeting, attendees will receive an overview of the design concepts for Harbor and Sweetwater Parks including how all the feedback from previous meetings has been incorporated. They will then be invited to discuss the concepts further with members of the design team and provide input to help guide any additional refinements.

Notes on any further refinements from this meeting will then be processed by the design teams. Followed by completion of the schematic designs, staff will conduct environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and anticipates returning to the Board to request authorization for Coastal Development Permits for the parks in 2020.

This year-long outreach process to help guide the creation of design concepts for the Chula Vista Bayfront Parks has included three public meetings as well as opportunities to provide feedback via online surveys. This outreach is the continuation of years of thoughtful conversation with the community and stakeholders to set guidelines for the various projects along the Chula Vista Bayfront, including more than 100 public meetings.

The parks’ design teams, KTU+A and Jacob Petersen with Petersen Studio, were selected for their extensive urban park and waterfront design expertise – with an emphasis on local landscape architecture and natural resource management experience. KTU+A’s award-winning, local portfolio includes the recently-completed Southcrest Trails Park in southern San Diego, the University of San Diego Paseo de Colachis and the Canyonlands City Heights Trail in San Diego. Jacob Petersen’s award-winning projects span the country – from the Waterfront Park on North Harbor Drive in San Diego to Discovery Green in Houston and Elizabeth Caruthers Park in Portland’s South Waterfront District.

The Chula Vista Bayfront project envisions a vibrant, innovative destination in the San Diego region – a unique and welcoming place for people to live, work and play. When the project is complete, the public will enjoy more than 200 acres of parks, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping, dining and more. While providing long-awaited, enhanced shoreline recreation and an active commercial harbor in the South Bay, the Chula Vista Bayfront project will also establish ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources. For more information or to sign up for updates, visit portofsandiego.org/chulavistabayfront. 
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About the Port of San Diego:
The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

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