In late 2018 I took some photos of the old Caltrans building being demolished in Old Town. I wrote that the land where it stood was to be converted into an outdoor park-like space with interpretative exhibits concerning the Native American Kumeyaay, who lived here long before Spanish missionaries arrived and established the nearby Presidio.
I posted a few photos of the Caltrans building demolition here.
Yesterday I walked around the construction site and observed that this new outdoor space of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, near the corner of Taylor Street and Juan Street, is beginning to materialize!
According to the California State Parks web page concerning this project, the new area is to include:
- Interpretive elements such as a Native American interpretive public gathering area, a stage, displays and features, lighting, power, and benches.
- Basic landscaping such as native trees, shrubs and ground covering, and detention and/or retention bio-swale.
- Enhanced pedestrian circulation system with stabilized accessible pathways, seating, bollards and fencing, and signage.
- Shaded ramadas with seating below.
- Parking area with stabilized surface to accommodate 20 to 40 spaces including accessible spaces.
As you can see from my photos, various paths through the park have been laid out, and native trees appear ready for planting. You might also notice a few small concrete foundations have been poured.
I’ll continue to watch this expansion of Old Town San Diego State Historic Park as it develops!