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San Diego’s Mission Bay Park to undergo more than $40 million in upgrades

By: Adriana Valentina San Diego plans to spend more than $40 million over the next few years for to upgrade the Mission Bay Park. Plans include environmental protection and infrastructure projects, including new and improved playgrounds, comfort stations and other public amenities. The planned projects are: Bay Dredging – More than $10 million has been spent to restore navigational safety to the bay. Mitigation, which is now complete and in the monitoring phase, was ranked as the top infrastructure priority for Mission Bay Park. Parking Lots – More than $5 million for parking lot resurfacing at Crown Point North, De Anza North, De Anza South, Dog Beach, North Cove, Old Sea World Drive, Santa Clara, Dusty Rhodes, Hospitality Point, Mission Point, Ocean Beach Dog Beach Walkway, Quivira Road, Playa Pacifica North, Robb Field, Rose Marie Starns South Shores, Sunset Point, Tecolote North and Tecolote South. Playgrounds – Nearly $8 million to replace playground equipment at Bonita Cove West, Crown Point, Santa Clara, Tecolote North, Tecolote South, Bonita Cove East, Dusty Rhodes, Mission Point, Playa Pacifica and Robb Field. Comfort Stations – More than $7 million to replace and upgrade comfort stations at Bonita Cove West, El Carmel, Mission Bay Athletic Area, North Cove, Santa Clara, Tecolote North, Tecolote South, Bonita Cove East, Dusty Rhodes, Hospitality Point, Mission Point, Playa Pacifica, Robb Field, Sunset Point and Ventura. Fitness and Recreation Facilities – More than $3 million to replace and upgrade the adult fitness course on East Mission Bay and the recreation center at Robb Field. The Mission Bay Park Committee advises the Park and Recreation Board on the development and operation of Mission Bay Park. The Committee also acts as the Mission Bay Park Improvement Fund Oversight Committee and is responsible for overseeing permanent capital improvements and deferred maintenance of facilities within park boundaries. The Mission Bay Park is the largest aquatic park of its kind in the country, consisting of more than 4,000 acres of parkland and 27 miles of shoreline. About 15 million people visit the park annually. San Diego’s Museum of Man California Tower to close for construction next year By: Diane Barton The iconic California Tower at the San Diego Museum of Man in Balboa Park will be closed to the public for much of 2019 due to construction, the museum announced. A seismic retrofit of the historic structure will last between seven to 10 months. A seismic retrofit is when a building is reinforced to protect against any potential earthquake damages. The museum will offer discounted ticket prices for museum general admission both online and at the door during the retrofitting project. NBC San Diego said the museum and many of its exhibits, including “Cannibals: Myth & Reality” and “PostSecret,” will remain open daily during construction, operating during regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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