Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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.