Proposal calls for renovating under-used Children’s Park

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Children's Park near San Diego Convention Center

SAN DIEGO – A proposal to renovate the under-used Children's Park across from the San Diego Convention Center received an initial approval Wednesday.

The Civic San Diego Board of Directors voted 7-2 recommending approval of the Children's Park General Development Plan.

The proposal could include replacing the area with pine trees to an off-leash dog park.

Critics contend the project is designed to push the homeless off the property.

Children's Park is a public park along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade located near the Children's Museum in the Marina District. The area was designed by landscape architect Peter Walker, and completed in August 1996 at a cost of $2.8 million.

The plan goes to the Parks and Recreation Board for final approval in July.