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Parks & Recreation




two boys interact with a big red wheel at Time Strata by Margaret Noble

Port Tidelands: a World-Class Arts and Cultural Destination

Mission Statement

To create a vibrant waterfront experience with innovative and engaging public art, cutting edge cultural programming, diverse and exciting special events, and widely accessible recreational opportunities that enhances the cultural richness of District tidelands.  

Vision Statement

A distinctive waterfront destination of cultural enrichment, recreation and business where visitors have extraordinary experiences daily.  

    About Parks & Recreation Department

    The Board of Port Commissioners is committed to expanding opportunities for residents and visitors to the region to experience a vibrant waterfront destination with innovative artworks, cultural programming, and activation opportunities that enhance the visual excitement and cultural richness of Port tidelands.

    The Parks & Recreation Department was created and invested with the mission of supporting the District, its tenants, and its member cities by providing leadership, management of the public art programs, and stewardship of the District’s Tidelands Collection as a regional cultural asset. Additionally, the Arts, Culture & Design Committee was established to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board and the Parks & Recreation Department, promoting the District’s vision of Port tidelands as a world-class arts and cultural destination.



    The Parks & Recreation Department encourages artists interested in learning more about artist opportunities and art-related news with the Port of San Diego to subscribe via email to Arts & Culture News and Opportunities. This is the Parks & Recreation department's primary means of communicating opportunities to artists and arts organizations.

    Find out more and open calls to artists for Port of San Diego public art projects are posted here.

    Public Art Policies

    The Board of Port Commissioners (BPC) has adopted two policies governing the operation of Parks & Recreation programs and activities. 

    BPC Policy 609 - Public Art Programs: This policy established the administrative framework for the District’s Office of Parks & Recreation, and Arts, Culture & Design Committee. 

    BPC Policy 608 - Tenant Percent for Art Program: This policy presents the Port tenant percent for art requirement. It sets forth the options for fulfilling the requirement and the step-by-step process for tenant percent for art projects.