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San Diego City Council Approves Extension of Lease on Campland on the Bay

Campland on the Bay will stay in Mission Bay for at least the next three years, per approval from the San Diego City Council

San Diego's bayfront camping facility, Campland on the Bay, will stay in Mission Bay for at least three more years after the San Diego City Council unanimously approved extending its lease Tuesday.

The facility has the option of asking for an additional one-year lease after the three years are up, according to Donna Cleary, a spokeswoman for Councilmember Lori Zapf.

The process of securing the lease extension for the facility has been going on for about a year, Cleary said.

Campland on the Bay is located at 2211 Pacific Beach Dr. at Mission Bay. It has been operating since 1969 as an affordable way for families to camp out on San Diego's shoreline -- including many locals seeking a simple "staycation."

Campland offers both tent and RV campsites; bay view or beach front campsites range from $105 to $213 daily, depending on how many people are staying at the site. Additional types of campsites are also available, including those with a view of the marina.

Campland also features several amenities for campers including parks, a fitness center, game rooms, basketball and dodgeball courts, swimming pools, watercraft and bicycle rentals and restaurants. There are also many live entertainment and music offerings at the campground during the summer.

While the next few years are secured for Campland, its future beyond this lease extension is unclear.

The city of San Diego is currently studying options on how to revitalize 80 acres in Mission Bay including Campland, the site where De Anza Cove Mobile Park once stood and the Mission Bay Golf Course.

The San Diego City Council said Campland will continue operate while those details of the revitalization plan for Mission Bay are worked out and finalized.

The city is expected to receive nearly $1.9 million in annual rent from Campland for the next few years -- the same rate the facility paid for rent along the shoreline site in fiscal year 2016.

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