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Rooftop Park Will Energize San Diego's Waterfront

Imagine spending a relaxing afternoon enjoying a 360-degree view of San Diego’s bayfront and downtown skyline as the backdrop. Upon completion of the San Diego Convention Center’s Phase III Expansion Project, attendees and locals will be able to enjoy festivals, community events, public art, relaxing gardens and spectacular views atop the convention center in a brand new five-acre rooftop park. With enhanced access and sustainability top priorities, the new urban playground will energize San Diego’s waterfront and create the largest park area in downtown.

Public Open Space

The five-acre rooftop park will enhance public access to the bay by creating inviting and interactive spaces for all to enjoy. Allowing for events of all sizes, the 350-seat, 5,000 sf Pavilion area will feature a main stage, while the adjacent Great Lawn will accommodate more than 4,500 concert and event-goers. Other defined spaces of the park will include a central gathering area with shade and benches known as the Living Room, the intimate and relaxing Reading Room and the Coastal Chaparral, a garden area complete with native vegetation and a landscape representing the coastal bluffs of California.


A cornerstone of the project, accessibility to the expansion’s rooftop park is a top priority. Seven access points including elevators, stairs and the Ascent, ensure attendees and the community can easily reach the park. Beginning on Park Boulevard and slowly rising alongside the building, the Ascent, a gradual pedestrian ramp, provides streamlined access for both individuals and crowds.


Projected to be a LEED Gold certified project, the expansion is a green project and will reduce the center’s carbon footprint. The waterfront park will add 40 percent more open space to Embarcadero Marina Park South and create the largest park space in downtown San Diego. The space will also incorporate sustainable low-impact storm water management strategies to minimize runoff from the rooftop.

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Posted by Barbara Moreno, on April 14, 2014
Attendees, Expansion, Meeting Planners

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