Waterfront Park Grand Opening Party on May 10

Entire community is invited to day-long celebration

Since 1938, the County Administration Center has served San Diegans from its position on San Diego Bay, symbolizing the highest aspirations and ideals of public service that “the noblest motive is the public good.” The building’s design and services have lived up to that moto. The immediately surrounding property, however, fell short.


Now, almost 76 years later, the County Administration Center will finally blossom into a full-featured public landmark. Taking the place of 1,100 parking spaces are 12 acres of public parkland, beautifully designed to include 208 trees, gardens, picnic areas and a large playground.

The most exciting feature is a signature linear water fountain. Spanning nearly the entire length of the property, and with 31 streams of water shooting 14 feet into the air, the extremely shallow fountain will welcome children of all ages who want to jump in and play.

I encourage everyone to come down on Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. to join this community celebration.

Children from throughout San Diego County will join us in cutting an 800 foot long ribbon in front of the fountain. I hope the memories they make that day can be shared when the park celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2064.

On Saturday, the grand opening will run until 6 p.m., featuring live entertainment and performances on two stages, a farmer’s market, food trucks, a sports zone, kid zone, playground zone, art and culture zone and a history zone. In addition, local craft beers and wines will be available for limited tastings by the 21 and older crowd.

The best way to get there will be by the trolley, which stops almost directly across the street from the park. The trolley parking lot in Qualcomm Stadium will be open Saturday, and MTS employees will be on hand to sell $6 commemorative round-trip tickets.

My greatest wish is that you not only have a great day on Saturday, but keep returning to enjoy the park for years and generations to come.