A view of the North Embarcadero after improvements. Photo courtesy Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego will hold a public celebration Saturday of the completion of the first phase of a $31.1 million project to beautify the downtown waterfront.

The party, which begins at noon at the foot of Broadway at North Harbor Drive, will feature musical groups, street performers, children’s activities, a zip line and a craft beer area hosted on a boat.

The event celebrates the completion of the first phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, a joint effort by the port and city of San Diego to improve the bayfront between the B Street Pier and Navy Pier.

The walking area beside the water was widened to 105 feet and lined with jacaranda trees. A restaurant building was constructed, with a tenant expected to open for business next year, according to the port.

The project also included infrastructure upgrades like better drainage, repaired roadways and improved utility services.

A formal ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony is set for 3:30 p.m., with Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Bob Nelson, the chairman of the port’s board of commissioners.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.