Groundbreaking took place Tuesday for a park near Embarcadero that was first proposed in 1908.
Country Supervisors broke ground on an 11-acre waterfront park along Pacific Highway Tuesday morning.
The Bayfront Park will feature an 830-foot long fountain with water jets that shoot water 14-feet into the air. There will also be a shallow area for children to play in.
Original plans for San Diego included a waterfront park that connected to Balboa Park. County officials say this ground breaking is a long time coming.
"It's been close to 80 years that its been talked about," said County Supervisor Ron Roberts, "So today we are going to make that dream a reality."
Construction is beginning on the south end of the park for an underground parking structure.
The north side will feature theme gardens, a promenade and picnic areas. Roberts said this new park will bring new events to San Diego such as concerts and weddings.
The project should be complete by 2013.