A ribbon cutting celebration for two projects on the Chula Vista Bayfront. Courtesy Port of San Diego

An RV resort and mixed-use path were opened to the public Tuesday, the first two major developments of the Chula Vista Bayfront Project to be completed.

Officials from the Port of San Diego, Chula Vista and Sun Communities cut the ribbon Tuesday morning on the Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay RV resort and Sweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade.

“Sun’s premier, waterfront RV vacation experience and the beautiful Sweetwater Path allow visitors and the public to enjoy more of the Chula Vista Bayfront and its natural resources than ever before,” said Commissioner Ann Moore, Chula Vista’s representative on the Board of Port Commissioners. “This is just the start of the Chula Vista Bayfront transformation that the South Bay community has wanted for a long time.”

The Sun Outdoors RV resort at E Street and Bay Boulevard includes a mix of 197 RV sites and 49 vacation cottage rentals with a variety of resort amenities including an onsite cafe and bar, indoor/outdoor gym, arcade, welcome center and pool with views of San Diego Bay.

“We are honored to be the first major project completed in the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan,” said John McLaren, president and COO of Sun Communities. “With our newest Sun Outdoors resort location in Chula Vista, not only are we providing an unparalleled outdoor hospitality experience, but we are also playing an integral part in paving the way for the reinvigoration of Chula Vista’s bayfront.”

Sweetwater Path is a multi-use pedestrian and bicycle path connecting Bayside Park and other Harbor District amenities to Sweetwater Marsh, the Living Coast Discovery Center and the RV resort in the northern area of the Chula Vista Bayfront.

The total project cost for Sweetwater Path was $5.4 million, $4.8 million of which was funded through an Urban Greening Grant awarded to the Port by the California Natural Resources Agency.

This first phase of a continuous bike and pedestrian path between the northern and southern ends of the Chula Vista Bayfront will serve as a connection to the existing Bayshore Bikeway.

“It is wonderful to celebrate the opening of the Sun Outdoors San Diego Bay RV resort and Sweetwater Bicycle Path & Promenade,” said Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “Despite all the challenges in the last year, we have achieved another major milestone on the Chula Vista Bayfront.”

The new RV resort paves the way for the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, the anchor of the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, as well as the future Sweetwater and Harbor Parks.

A collaborative effort of the Port and Chula Vista, and certified by the California Coastal Commission in 2012, the master plan envisions the transformation of the Chula Vista Bayfront’s largely underutilized industrial landscape into “a thriving, recreational, residential and resort destination.”

The plan calls for more than 200 acres of parks, open space, a shoreline promenade, walking trails, RV camping, shopping and dining. Projects within the master plan are also intended to establish ecological buffers to protect wildlife habitat, species and other coastal resources.

— City News Service contributed to this article

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