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Port of San Diego Celebrates its 22 Parks with a Proclamation for Parks and Recreation Month

On July 9, the Board of Port Commissioners authorized a resolution proclaiming its support of Parks and Recreation Month. The Port of San Diego’s Park and Recreation department manages public access to 22 beautiful parks on the San Diego Bay waterfront as well as public boat launches, fishing piers, venue facilities, and a diverse collection of public artworks for the benefit of public recreation, passive enjoyment, community gatherings, and special events.

Celebrated since 1985, Parks and Recreation Month raises public awareness about the role of open public space and recreation in communities and people’s lives. It encourages individuals and organizations to participate in outdoor recreational activities and allows governments and businesses to show their commitment to planning and maintaining green spaces in urban settings. This year’s national theme is “Where You Belong,” in recognition of park and recreation professionals across the country that foster a sense of belonging, community, and connection.
“The Port of San Diego prides itself in offering community members and visitors 22 parks along the waterfront, giving the public access to some of the most precious views in San Diego,” said Chairman Frank Urtasun, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “As we reflect on what a true treasure our waterfront parks are, we would like to also recognize the many women and men working at the Port of San Diego that help maintain our parks, giving us all places where can connect, recreate, and enjoy open green space within our five urban member cities.”

The Port will soon add a 23rd park once construction of Sweetwater Park on the Chula Vista Bayfront is completed in the fall, giving members of the community and visitors to the region yet another place to visit and space for activities that support a healthy lifestyle.

The Port also provides opportunities for community events and other activations in its parks through a sponsorship program called the Tidelands Activation Program (TAP). TAP was amended by the Port’s Board in 2023 to increase event sponsorship opportunities and to provide a better balance of public access and support for public events at Port parks and venues. Since the amendment, three expanded access events have taken place at parks in Barrio Logan, Chula Vista, and National City. Other free TAP-supported events the public has grown to love include the annual Port of San Diego Big Bay Boom fireworks show on the 4th of July, the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, South Bay Pride, Symphony by the Sea, and more.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.

About Port of San Diego Experiences

Port of San Diego Experiences welcomes businesses, residents and visitors from across the globe to enjoy and prosper from our dynamic waterfront.

As a treasured destination, the Port provides unique opportunities to captivate visitors and ensure everyone is welcomed, connected and inspired by our beautiful waterfront.