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Waterfront Park Proposed For San Diego’s Navy Pier

The Navy Pier in San Diego as of fall 2011. The proposed waterfront park woul...
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Above: The Navy Pier in San Diego as of fall 2011. The proposed waterfront park would create grassy areas and add a 500-foot sculpture.

A conceptual rendering of the proposed Navy Pier in downtown San Diego.
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Above: A conceptual rendering of the proposed Navy Pier in downtown San Diego.

A grassy, waterfront park with a 500-foot-tall iconic sculpture rivaling world-renowned structures like the Statue of Liberty is being proposed on the Navy Pier in San Diego.

Port of San Diego Commissioners got a look at the proposed Veterans Park, envisioned by operators of the adjacent USS Midway museum on San Diego Bay.

The museum's Mac McLaughlin explained the concept.

"Much the same way the arch represents St. Louis and the Eiffel Tower Paris. Give San Diego a real identity," said McLaughlin.

A few commissioners say they were wowed by drawings of the massive, winged sculpture. Others were more reserved, with questions about its impact on harborfront views.

The park, which would also be summer home to the San Diego Pops orchestra, would cost up to $75 million.

Backers say they already have a pledge of $35 million from real estate philanthropist Denny Sanford.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 8, 2011 at 7:19 p.m. ― 5 years ago

It's really hard to get a sense of the scale and what the project would really look like from that one rendering.

What material(s) will it be made of? What do the wings symbolize? Can people enter the structure?

But I do have to give them credit for finally thinking out of the box.

San Diego does need something iconic, is this that iconic structure we need? I don't know. Produce some better illustrations.

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DonWood | November 9, 2011 at 3:18 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Check out Roger Showley's article on this proposal in the UT along with the readers comments. One reader says it looks more like giant bunny ears than wings. Another says that "wings of freedom" sound and looks like a feminine product, and another says it looks like the worlds biggest car hood ornament.
Besides the fact that it is intended to distract readers from the proposal to block bay views with a new two story parking garage covering the entire pier, this is the wrong idea at the wrong time in the wrong place.

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Peking_Duck_SD | November 9, 2011 at 4:09 p.m. ― 5 years ago

DonWood, I don't read the UT. It is exceedingly poor journalism.

If anyone is interested in seeing another rendering, however, with a different look to the wings where they are patterned instead of solid, check out this link to a thread on Development projects in SD:

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