A rendering of the fence planned for Pond 20 in Imperial Beach. Courtesy Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego will build a custom fence to improve the wetlands site known as Pond 20, which is considered an important visual gateway to Imperial Beach.

The 950-foot fence will replace a chain-link fence. It will run within Caltrans‘ right-of-way along the southern perimeter of the 95-acre site at 1400 Palm Avenue. The site is surrounded by the Otay River to the north, Nestor Creek to the east and a channel on the west.

Construction of the $223,600 project will begin in November and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015.

The new fence was designed with public input and will incorporate local flora, fauna and surfboards to enhance the site’s unique, panoramic bay view. It will also help protect the area from trash and debris.

“This project is an opportunity to improve the unsightly Pond 20 area, adding a symbol of community pride while celebrating the unique wildlife of San Diego Bay,” said Bob Nelson, chairman of the port’s board of commissioners.

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Chris Jennewein

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