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Port of San Diego Invites Public to Pepper Park Design Workshop

Virtual Community Meeting Scheduled for March 23

As part of the Port of San Diego’s efforts to enhance public access and recreation on the National City Bayfront, the public is invited to continue to engage in the process to transform Pepper Park into a resource that visitors and residents will cherish for years to come.

The Port and park design consultant KTUA are hosting a virtual community Design Workshop at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Participants will have the opportunity to view and provide input on three conceptual plans for Pepper Park and its future 2.5-acre expansion, which are based on prior public outreach efforts. Participants will be asked what elements they like in each of the three concepts and the feedback received will be incorporated into one concept that the public will have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on during a second design workshop later in the spring.

The workshop will be conducted via Zoom and will be available in Spanish and Tagalog in addition to English. To learn more and to register for the Pepper Park Design Workshop, and/or to sign up for email updates about the National City Bayfront, visit

Thanks to federal stimulus funds the Port has received via the American Rescue Plan Act and the State of California’s Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund, the Port has designated $3.85 million toward redesigning and improving Pepper Park, subject to environmental review and permitting.

As a Port of communities, the redesign of Pepper Park is a team effort – the community, stakeholders, and local leaders all have and will continue to have a role. This design workshop is the latest of several public outreach events at which the Port and KTUA have collected public input. KTUA, a landscape architecture firm with extensive urban park and waterfront design expertise, is managing design and outreach in close coordination with the Port.

Pepper Park and the area in and around Pier 32 Marina are in the approximately 60-acre National City Marina District. The redesign and future expansion of Pepper Park is part of the National City Marina District Balanced Land Use Plan which seeks to rebalance land uses through a collaborative partnership between the Port of San Diego, the City of National City, and business and community stakeholders. Public outreach is an integral component of this process and has included small stakeholder working sessions, public meetings, and individual meetings with interested parties.

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 Waterfront Development

Port of San Diego Waterfront Development contributes to the continuous prosperity of the local economy.

From Real Estate to Aquaculture and Blue Tech, the Port invests in major redevelopment and community infrastructure, so businesses in our region have the opportunity to stay competitive in the global marketplace.