Proposals being considered for development of Pond 20
Last Updated: 220 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A forgotten piece of San Diego bayfront property is finally getting some much-needed attention.
Pond 20 sits at the southernmost tip of San Diego Bay, along Palm Avenue, between Imperial Beach and San Diego. It used to be a salt pond, but now the 95-acre parcel is fenced off and the only ones allowed in are animals.
"It's nice having it open like this," said Imperial Beach resident Terry Harloff.
However, the Port of San Diego, which owns the property, wants to do something with Pond 20. It solicited letters of intent for the property and received seven different proposals.
The proposals range from keeping the pond as an open space preserve to an elaborate dinner theater complete with a stage and water show.
"It really gets us thinking and thinking differently about what we do with this piece of land," said San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez.
Any plan is expected to include a massive cleanup of Pond 20, which is littered with trash and debris.
"It's just enclosed with a gate, a chain link fence, and that's not what we want to see," said Alvarez.
Harloff said he would like to see Pond 20 cleaned up and returned to Mother Nature.
"The cheapest idea would be to just let the water come in here like it was originally," he said.
The Port of San Diego will look at the proposals and determine if any of them are feasible.
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