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Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade Project Honored by American Public Works Association, San Diego-Imperial Counties Chapter

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Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade Project Honored by American Public Works Association, San Diego-Imperial Counties Chapter
The new Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade in Chula Vista offers breathtaking views of San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego’s Sweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade project on the Chula Vista Bayfront has been recognized by the American Public Works Association (APWA), San Diego-Imperial Counties Chapter with an Honor Award, a component of the annual APWA awards program that recognizes outstanding individuals, groups and chapters representing the best in public works.

The project was honored in the program’s Parks category. Award criteria included:

  • Planning, design and construction management techniques to complete project on schedule, budget and regulatory requirements;
  • Degree to which the project enhances a public service or facility;
  • Community relations, actions to minimize public inconvenience, safety precautions to protect public lives and property, provision of observation areas;
  • Environmental mitigation and enhancement;
  • Accomplishments under adverse conditions;
  • Quality control, safety, value engineering, construction innovations

The Port’s application focused on the collaboration between the Port, the City of Chula Vista, and project consultant KTU+A to develop a comprehensive conceptual master plan and corresponding construction budget. It also included how the project was awarded an Urban Greening Grant by the California Natural Resources Agency.

With the Urban Greening Grant, specific project goals of carbon sequestration, community green space enhancements, providing benefits to underserved communities, and reducing commute vehicles miles had to be taken into consideration. Sweetwater Path provides a much-needed recreational and sustainable amenity to Chula Vista residents and visitors.

“The Port of San Diego is honored to receive this award from the APWA San Diego-Imperial Counties Chapter,” said Commissioner Ann Moore, the Port of San Diego’s Chula Vista representative on the Board of Port Commissioners. “Sweetwater Path is a multi-use pedestrian and bicycle pathway where residents and visitors can enjoy a walk, run, or bike ride with beautiful views of San Diego Bay, and it’s part of our transformation of the Chula Vista Bayfront.”

Construction on the project began in September 2019 and was recently completed. Features include a 22-foot wide multi-use path and promenade, native trees, shrubs and ornamental landscaping, a 70-foot long and 16-foot wide steel truss bridge that spans the F&G Street Marsh inlet, benches and overlook areas and ADA-compliant features.

The total construction cost was $5.4 million, $4.8 million of which was funded through the Urban Greening Grant. The project was designed by KTU+A, and constructed by 3-D Enterprises, Inc., both based in San Diego.

Delivered on time and under the anticipated construction budget, the new public amenity is the first of several new improvements planned for the Chula Vista Bayfront.


The American Public Works Association (APWA) serves professionals in all aspects of public works—a fact that sets it apart from other organizations and makes it an effective voice of public works throughout North America. With a worldwide membership more than 30,000 strong, APWA includes not only personnel from local, county, state/province, and federal agencies, but also private sector personnel who supply products and services to those professionals. Membership in APWA is open to any individual, agency, or corporation with an interest in public works and infrastructure issues.

As a comprehensive public works resource, APWA continues in its rich tradition of making a difference both on an individual and professional level. APWA is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that prides itself on its ability to provide varied educational and networking opportunities that help public works personnel grow in their professionalism and improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.


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.