Port of San Diego will convert pier into $64 million public park

December 18, 2023

Construction is expected to begin in 2024 on a $64.5 million project that will convert the San Diego’s Navy Pier into a 5-acre public park. Called Freedom Park, it will include a wide promenade, a trio of monuments and a 1,000-square-foot pavilion for concessions.  

Plans for park development include three scenic vista areas, shade structures, a low seat wall with a turf mound, indigenous plants and a public restroom and comfort station. The paved promenade along the north side of pier will connect the east and west ends of the park with pathways and trails. It will also include seating and bike parking. 

The port will build a playscape, featuring five swings, interactive play structures and 10 benches. In addition, the park will include a flagpole memorial at the pier’s west end. The north end of the pier will feature movable furniture and fencing for berthing areas. 

The park project also calls for a mobile phone microsite dedicated to the history of the pier, the Midway and San Diego Bay. A complementary mobile application will be paired with interpretive signage in the surrounding area. 

Tapping into the Navy Pier’s legacy and its role in shaping San Diego history, Freedom Park will celebrate veterans and everyday heroes in a joint effort led by the Port of San Diego and USS Midway Museum. The port and the museum have made financial commitments of $11.7 million and $15 million respectively, along with $4.2 million from individual pledges and $2 million in federal funding.

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Photo courtesy of the Port of San Diego.

Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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