County finishes 1st phase of waterfront park

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SAN DIEGO— County leaders celebrated the opening of a 250-space underground parking garage at the County Administration Center with a ribbon cutting Tuesday afternoon.

County finishes first phase of waterfront park“It’s a significant milestone in this project,” County Supervisor Ron Roberts said. “[The garage] eliminates acres of ugly parking lots and replaces them with a beautiful lush park.”

Now that the 96,000 square foot parking garage is done, crews will focus on the 15-acre public park to go on top of it. Officials said the public will be able to enjoy the promenade and 830-feet long fountain by next spring.

“It’s a great example of the of the county’s efforts to improve the region’s quality of life,” San Diego County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dianne Jacob said. “More parks and more open spaces make for healthier communities.”

The project started last September and more than 36,000 yards of soil were excavated from the property. Around 50,000 hours of labor went into the construction of the garage.

“What we were really looking at is what is in the best public interest, not necessarily how to do it the cheapest, but what’s the best solution for the public,” Roberts said. “This building has been here for 75 years and with this surrounding it this may be here another 100 years.”

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