Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The first phase of San Diego’s long debated North Embarcadero Visionary Plan does not include a Bayfront park, but California Coastal Commission staff hope that will come later.
The first phase of San Diego’s long debated North Embarcadero Visionary Plan does not include a bayfront park, but California Coastal Commission staff hope that will come later.
The San Diego Port Commission wants to break ground on a wide public promenade along the Embarcadero downtown, lined with Jacaranda trees. The Coastal Commission refused to give the go ahead, however, because a public park promised at the foot of Broadway was replaced with a truck turnaround for loading cruise ships.
Dianna Lilly of the Coastal Commission’s office in San Diego recommends the port be allowed to start upgrading the waterfront if it agrees to find another spot for a park on the bay.
"There was always supposed to be a signature park there at the foot of Broadway. Maybe it’s not going to be at the foot of Broadway anymore, but we think this way we can get the promenade that the port wants to move forward on right now, and the park that the public wants and deserves in a timely fashion," said Lilly.
Port staff say the three year time line to develop a park on the bay is too short.
Coastal Commissioners will consider the proposed compromise next week.