Rep. Susan Davis, center, talks with port Commissioner Marshall Merrifield as other officials look on. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The Port of San Diego led elected officials on a “hard hat” tour Tuesday of a $31.1 million project designed to make the downtown waterfront a more welcoming destination for residents and visitors.

The waterfront from Navy Pier north to the B Street Pier is being transformed into a promenade and gardens with public art as part of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan. Some areas will be open this summer, with remaining work completed by the end of the year.

“We’re proud that our investment in this public space is already paying off with a better visitor experience on San Diego Bay,” said Bob Nelson, chairman of the board of port commissioners.

“As is the case with most of this region’s great projects, this has been a collaborative effort,” said City Council President Todd Gloria. “The City of San Diego, Port of San Diego, and Civic San Diego joined forces for the good of our waterfront.”

Gloria is chairman of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan Joint Powers Authority, which directed the effort.

The project includes a 105-wide promenade with two pavilions, a cafe, gardens and a new public restroom. New artwork by California artist Pae White is incorporated into the project.

Rendering of the North Embarcadero project when completed. Image courtesy Port of San Diego
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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.