On September 25, 2013, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held by county officials to celebrate the opening of the 250 space underground parking garage at the County Administration Center. The New Waterfront Park will surround the complex and sit on top of the parking structure. The project started last September and more than 36,000 yards of soil were excavated from the property. Around 50,000 labor hours went into the construction of the garage. “It’s a significant milestone in this project,” County Supervisor Ron Roberts said. “The garage eliminates acres of ugly parking lots and replaces them with a beautiful lush park.” Now that the 96,000 square foot parking garage is done, crews will focus on the 12 acre public park that goes on top of it. This 12-acre park will replace 8 acres of surface parking and will be the most significant waterfront open space in downtown San Diego. The existing historic landscape and landmark county building form the park’s center while a new 25ft wide interactive fountain extends about a total of 600 feet from the building and into the new park. The park will also include expansive civic greens, a children’s play area, specialty garden areas, and a public restroom. Concrete Contractors Interstate will be installing the hand seeded granite walkways on either side of the fountain. The park will accommodate special events and festivals, farmers’ markets, day and night-time urban needs, and family recreation. “It’s a great example of the county’s efforts to improve the region’s quality of life,” San Diego County Board of Supervisors vice Chair Dianne Jacob said. “More parks and more open spaces make for healthier communities.” The public will be able to enjoy the promenade and fountain by next spring.
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