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An aerial view of the Chula Vista Bayfront looking east

Chula Vista Bayfront

Waterfront Development

The Chula Vista Bayfront project is underway. In September 2019, the Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista held a groundbreaking celebration for the first two major projects - the Costa Vista RV Resort and the Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade. This monumental step sets the stage for the transformation of the Chula Vista Bayfront as envisioned by the Port, City of Chula Vista, and the community in the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.

Chula Vista Bayfront September 2019 Costa Vista RV Resort & Sweetwater Path Groundbreaking

The Chula Vista Bayfront project represents one of the last truly significant large-scale waterfront development opportunities in Southern California. At approximately 535 acres, the project seeks to transform a largely vacant and underutilized industrial landscape into a thriving recreational, residential and resort destination on the Chula Vista waterfront. When complete, the public will enjoy more than 200 acres of parks and open space, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping, dining and more. While providing long-awaited, enhanced shoreline recreation and an active, commercial harbor in the South Bay, the Chula Vista Bayfront project will also establish ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources.

Chula Vista Bayfront Parks Outreach

Harbor Park and Sweetwater Park

The Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista have been conducting a series of community outreach meetings as part of the design process for the future Harbor and Sweetwater Parks. Combined, they will account for more than half of the new park space planned for the Chula Vista Bayfront project. The Port and the City are committed to an inclusive and open outreach process through which community members can share their vision for these important park spaces and continue to help shape the future of the Chula Vista Bayfront.

While each park will be unique, they will be inherently connected and offer the community a full spectrum of ways to engage with the waterfront in complementary spaces.

  • Harbor Park will provide signature amenities, recreational opportunities and programming in its much larger available acreage.
  • Sweetwater Park will connect visitors with the bayfront’s ecology and provide environmental educational opportunities and family/child-oriented recreational exploration.

The Port and City are committed to a transparent and open outreach process and hope to learn how to best balance the recreational wants and needs of the community that will create a welcoming, warm environment for visitors with equally important efforts to preserve Chula Vista’s natural resources and improve and protect waterfront access for future generations.

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Harbor & Sweetwater Parks
Final Design Workshop
6-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 

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Chula Vista Bayfront Future Parks
Costa Vista RV Resort - Chula Vista Bayfront

The Costa Vista RV Resort, under construction at E Street and Bay Boulevard, will enhance public access and public recreation by providing lower-cost overnight accommodations, walking trails and other improvements on and around the site. With opening anticipated for summer 2020, features of the $55 million Costa Vista RV Resort project will include panoramic views of the bayfront as well as:

  • 246 sites with a mix of traditional RV stalls and park model stalls (park models are temporary cabin-like units that can be rented by the general public and provide temporary accommodations for recreation, camping or seasonal use)
  • A variety of amenities, including a children’s play pool, family pool and Jacuzzi; day spa/salon with massage/treatment rooms, a sauna, and a workout gym; a grill/restaurant; an entertainment arcade and game room; a business center and a multi-purpose room for educational and large guest gathering; a covered picnic area with outdoor grills; children’s rock climbing and playground; bocce ball courts and horseshoe pits; and a welcome center with a marketplace, restrooms, showers and guest laundry facilities.

Off-site improvements include the extension of and traffic improvements along E Street, improvements to the future F Street, the realignment of Gunpowder Point Drive to allow continued access to the Living Coast Discovery Center; and grading on adjacent parcels.

The Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade will be a multi-use pedestrian and bicycle pathway winding through the future Sweetwater Park in the northern portion of the Chula Vista Bayfront, and connecting the existing Bayside Park (site of the future Harbor Park) to Bay Boulevard at E Street. It is the first segment of a loop connecting to the Bayshore Bikeway at the northern and southern ends of the Chula Vista Bayfront. With opening anticipated for the spring of 2020, the primary features for Sweetwater Path include:

  • A three-quarter mile Class I bike path and pedestrian promenade (a Class I path provides exclusive right of way for bicyclists and pedestrians away from the roadway with cross flows by motor traffic minimized)
  • A truss pedestrian bridge spanning the F & G Street Marsh inlet
  • Benches and overlook areas for optimal views of San Diego Bay
  • Native trees, shrubs and ornamental landscaping
  • Improvements near the bridge to restore a naturalized channel bed and channel stability while also creating new wetland habitat and increasing resiliency of the wetlands to sea level rise
  • ADA-compliant features including seating areas and cross-slopes on all designed surfaces

On July 24, 2019 the Board of Port Commissioners awarded the construction contract for the Sweetwater Path project, designed by KTU+A, to 3-D Enterprises, Inc., both based in San Diego.

Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade - Chula Vista Bayfront

Chula Vista Bayfront Timeline

After completing a decade-long planning effort and clearing several regulatory hurdles, the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission on August 9, 2012.

August 2012
August 2012

California Coastal Commission unanimously approves Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan.

February 2013
February 2013

South Bay Power Plant imploded.

October 2014
October 2014

Port and City of Chula Vista celebrate completion of the H Street extension project.

February 2015
February 2015

Port enters into an exclusive negotiating agreement with RIDA Chula Vista, LLC for a resort hotel and convention center.

May 2016
May 2016

Port adopts a Natural Resource Management Plan.

April 2017
April 2017

Port selects Sun Communities, Inc. & Northgate Resorts LLC to develop and operate the Destination RV Park.

June 2017
June 2017

Port and City of Chula Vista approve a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with RIDA Chula Vista, LLC for the resort hotel and convention center.

April 2018
April 2018

Port approves the Costa Vista RV Resort project by Sun Communities, Inc. and authorizes a Coastal Development Permit, pending satisfaction of certain conditions.

April 2018
April 2018

Port and City of Chula Vista approve a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) between the Port, the City and RIDA Chula Vista, LLC. The DDA sets forth the necessary steps for the parties to authorize the financing of the project and commence construction, ultimately leading to a ground lease and required subleases for development and operations of a world-class hotel and convention center.

September 2018
September 2018

The Port and the City of Chula Vista continue inclusive and open outreach to gather input on the community’s vision for the Chula Vista Bayfront with design workshops for the future Harbor and Sweetwater Parks. The first workshop was held Sept. 27 for a discussion on the community’s preferred uses at both parks.

January 10, 2019
January 10, 2019

The Port and the City of Chula Vista hold second Harbor Park Design Workshop.

March 20, 2019
March 20, 2019

The Port and the City of Chula Vista hold second Sweetwater Park Design Workshop.

September 26, 2019
September 26, 2019

The Port and City of Chula Vista celebrate groundbreaking on the Costa Vista RV Resort and Sweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade projects.

November 18, 2019
November 18, 2019

Final Design Workshop for the future Harbor and Sweetwater Parks is scheduled.

Regional Economic Engine

$2.8Btotal during construction phases

$2.1Bper year at buildout

10Kconstruction jobs & 20,000 permanent jobs

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The Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan is a local and state-approved land use plan by the Port of San Diego and City of Chula Vista. The plan envisions:

  • 70 acres of new parks (100 acres total, including existing parks)
  • 120 acres of open space, habitat replacement, wetlands and ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources
  • Shoreline promenade, walking trails and bicycle path network
  • 2,850 total hotel rooms
  • 600,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and marina-support uses
  • 220,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial recreation/marine-related office uses
  • 1,100 – 3,000 space parking facility
Chula Vista Bayfront Map

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Chula Vista Bayfront Project?

The Chula Vista Bayfront project represents one of the last truly significant large-scale waterfront development opportunities in Southern California. At approximately 535 acres, the Chula Vista Bayfront project seeks to transform a largely vacant and underutilized industrial landscape into a thriving recreational, residential and resort destination on the Chula Vista waterfront. It envisions:

  • 70 acres of new parks (100 acres total, including existing parks)
  • 120 acres of open space, habitat replacement, wetlands and ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources
  • Shoreline promenade, walking trails and bicycle path network
  • 2,850 total hotel rooms
  • 600,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and marina-support uses
  • 220,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial recreation/marine-related office uses
  • 1,100 – 3,000 space parking garage

What projects are underway for the Chula Vista Bayfront?

Gaylord Pacific Resort Hotel and Convention Center
RIDA Chula Vista, LLC has been selected to develop a resort hotel and convention center on a 36-acre site just north of the harbor and marinas. Public infrastructure could begin as early as 2020 with opening in 2023. Proposed features include:

  • Up to 1,600 hotel rooms
  • 275,000 usable square feet of convention and meeting space
  • Associated retail and resort-level amenities such as:
    • Pool with a lazy river
    • Spa
    • Recreational facilities
    • Restaurant/bar/lounge facilities
    • Bike rentals
    • Boat rentals
    • And more!

Destination RV Park
Sun Communities, Inc. is developing and will operate a destination RV resort on 19 acres at E Street and Bay Boulevard. This project broke ground in September 2019 and is anticipated to open in summer 2020. The scenic site for the destination RV park is near the Living Coast Discovery Center, the Sweetwater National Wildlife Refuge, and the Bayshore Bikeway, and offers stunning views of San Diego Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and the downtown San Diego skyline. Features will include:

  • 246 sites with a mix of traditional RV stalls and park model stalls (park models are temporary cabin-like units that can be rented by the general public and provide temporary accommodations for recreation, camping or seasonal use)
  • A variety of amenities, such as:
    • Aquatic features including a children’s play pool, family pool and Jacuzzi
    • Day spa/salon, massage/treatment rooms, sauna, workout gym
    • Grill/restaurant
    • Entertainment arcade, game room
    • Business center and a multi-purpose room for educational and large guest gathering
    • A covered picnic area with outdoor grills
    • Children’s rock climbing and playground, bocce ball courts and horseshoe pits
    • Welcome center with a marketplace, restrooms, showers and guest laundry facilities
  • Off-site improvements include extension of and traffic improvements along E Street; improvements to the future F Street; realignment of Gunpowder Point Drive to allow continued access to the Living Coast Discovery Center; and grading on adjacent parcels.

Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade
The Port of San Diego broke ground on this project in September 2019 and is anticipated to be complete in 2020. The project is being funded in part by a $4.8 million from the California Natural Resources Agency for its Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project. It will consist of a three-quarter mile Class I bike path and pedestrian walkway linking the regional Bayshore Bikeway to waterfront amenities and future development sites on the Chula Vista Bayfront. (A Class I path provides a completely separated right of way for the exclusive use of bicycles and pedestrians with cross-flow minimized.) The proposed budget for the Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project is $5.63 million.

What are the Chula Vista Bayfront project’s objectives?

The objectives of the Chula Vista Bayfront project are to:

  • Create an active commercial harbor with public space at the water's edge;
  • Redevelop underutilized and vacant areas in the city of Chula Vista and on Port tidelands with a variety of uses;
  • Extend Chula Vista's east-west streets to the bay to ensure pedestrian, vehicle, bicycle, and transit links;
  • Provide a continuous pedestrian walkway, fully accessible to the public that connects the new Sweetwater, Harbor, and Otay Districts;
  • Establish ecological buffers to protect adjacent environmentally sensitive resources.

What is the cost for Sweetwater Path and who's paying for it?

The total project cost for Sweetwater Path is $5.63 million, $4.8 million of which is being funded through an Urban Greening Grant awarded to the Port by the California Natural Resources Agency. The intent of the grant is to encourage the development of facilities that connect a community to destinations that they may normally drive to and to encourage the use of trees and vegetation to provide for oxygen production, carbon dioxide sequestration, and urban heat island reduction in temperatures. Additional funding of $794,000 is provided by the Port’s Capital Improvement Program and $33,000 is provided by the City of Chula Vista.

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