San Diego

Mission Bay Park to Get $40M Makeover

One of San Diego's crown jewels will soon be getting a makeover.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer officially announced big plans for Mission Bay Park.

More than $40 million in upgrades are coming to the area.

The improvements include resurfacing parking lots, replacing equipment at 10 different playgrounds within the park, and improving restrooms and biking and walking trails.

Bay dredging will also be done to keep the water as safe as possible.

About $7 million is also reserved for a master environmental report that will guide the city on the environmental impacts of any proposed projects for the park.

For those who use Mission Bay Park on a regular basis, they couldn't be happier to hear about the improvements headed to the area.

"There's just something sacred out here,” said San Diego resident Ian Angel. “Every time you come out here no matter what's going on in your day, you just come out here and it just feels like you can just shut your mind off.”

Much of the immediate work was made possible by the passage of Measure J in 2016. The city said it wouldn't have been able to tackle the playground, restroom, and parking lot projects without it.

Mission Bay Park is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the country.

About 15 million people visit the park each year.

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