San Diegans Celebrate New Embarcadero Design

The weather was perfect Saturday for a public celebration of the new look for San Diego’s Embarcadero.

City leaders including Mayor Kevin Faulconer were there Saturday to cut the ribbon to mark the completion of phase one of North Embarcadero Visionary Plan.

The new open space runs along Harbor Drive from the Midway Museum to Grape Street, the most visited area of the waterfront.

"We have more than 100 feet now of walking space, and that's a huge improvement from what it used to be. We actually widened it to make it less car friendly and more pedestrian friendly,” said Tanya Castaneda, spokesperson for the Port of San Diego.

On Saturday, families were invited to view the project firsthand as they enjoyed attractions ranging from food and music to a zip line on the pier and complimentary boat rides.

Among the features of the new embarcadero design is a new information center for the tourists visiting the downtown area. There is also a new building where a restaurant is expected to open next year.

The project began in January 2012 and cost more than $31 million.

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