The faded beauty of Marina Village.

Today I went for a long walk along Mission Bay. During my modest adventure I found myself passing through old, seemingly lifeless Marina Village.

I first visited the Marina Village Conference Center next to Quivira Basin when I was a young person–perhaps 45 years ago. I went with my father to some sort of convention or business meeting, then walked around for an hour or two as I waited for him.

Marina Village’s fresh beauty back then made an impression that I still vaguely remember. The warm wood framing airy walkways, the bright bougainvillea everywhere, the friendly-looking buildings, the courtyards here and there, sparkling water and boats nearby…

That great beauty has since faded, along with the place’s popularity.

But if you use your imagination, you might picture Marina Village with a new coat of paint, a few repairs, straightened lanterns, and colorful, fluttering banners.

My memory is far from perfect, but that is how I remember this beloved place almost half a century later in my mind’s eye.

Check out the stained glass panels on one of the buildings that I saw today as I walked down memory lane!

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Richard Schulte

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5 thoughts on “The faded beauty of Marina Village.”

    1. I don’t know for certain. But I think years ago it didn’t have the competition that is has today with big, modern convention centers. I do see events there from time to time. I do know the annual San Diego Audubon Society Bird Festival is held there.

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  1. I spent some time there too. There was a two-story restaurant/bar where I went dancing, a venue where I attended a couple of weddings, and a Mexican restaurant on the far side. I think one of the problems was the location… it could be hard to find if you weren’t familiar with the area. But, thanks for a great suggestion of a scenic place to walk where there isn’t a lot of people 😎

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  2. I used to go there often. There were some restaurants there at one time. Salmon House, Then it became Fast Eddie’s. A restaurant opened by a TV sportscaster.. it had telephones on each table with a number, and you could call other diners.

    I spent a lot of time at Dos Amigos. It was a popular dance club and restaurant that competed with Diego’s over in Pacific Beach. Very busy place on the weekends. People obviously knew how to find those places back then… in the 80’s.

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