Port of SD to host Pepper Park Design Workshop #2

Apr 25, 2022

Register for IN-PERSON Meeting Scheduled for May 5

As part of the Port of San Diego’s efforts to transform Pepper Park into a resource that visitors and residents will cherish for years to come on the National City Bayfront, the public is invited to continue to engage in redesigning the park and its future 2.5-acre expansion.

The Port and park design consultant KTUA are hosting an in-person Community Design Workshop at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2022. Participants will have the opportunity to view and comment on a draft preliminary design plan for Pepper Park building on feedback received to date. Workshop participants will also be asked to help identify priority park elements to be further designed and constructed by 2024.

Workshop Details
Date/Time: Thursday, May 5, 6-8 p.m.
Location: ILWU Local 29, 1000 Bay Marina Drive, Suite 102, National City

Spanish and Tagalog interpretation will be available. Learn more about and register for the May 5 workshop at .

Thanks to federal stimulus funds the Port has received via the American Rescue Plan Act and the State of California’s Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund, the Port has designated $3.85 million toward redesigning and improving Pepper Park, subject to environmental review and permitting.

As a Port of communities, the redesign of Pepper Park is a team effort – the community, stakeholders, and local leaders have and will continue to have a role. This design workshop is the latest of several public outreach events at which the Port and KTUA have collected public input. KTUA, a landscape architecture firm with extensive urban park and waterfront design expertise, is managing design and outreach in close coordination with the Port.

The current anticipated timeline for Pepper Park improvements and expansion is as follows:

  • Fall 2023 – Begin construction of initial priority park improvements within current park space
  • Mid 2024 – Complete initial priority park improvements within current park space
  • 2025 to 2029 – Funding and a timeline for future improvements, including park expansion, are to be determined

Pepper Park and the area in and around Pier 32 Marina are located in the approximately 60-acre National City Marina District. The redesign and future expansion of Pepper Park is part of the National City Marina District Balanced Land Use Plan, commonly referred to as the “Balanced Plan,” which seeks to rebalance land uses through a collaborative partnership between the Port of San Diego, the City of National City, and business and community stakeholders.

Note: In its latest guidance for COVID-19, as of March 1, 2022, the California Department of Public Health strongly recommends face coverings in indoor settings for all persons, regardless of vaccine status.