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Waterfront Park celebrates 5 years with free community festival

Posted at 6:04 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 15:09:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego's now iconic Waterfront Park will celebrate its fifth birthday this May with a free event for the public.

Waterfront Park transformed the idea of having a park in downtown San Diego, with its splash area and 830-foot long fountain, unique playgrounds, and green space for pedestrians.

The small area was formerly be utilized as space for two parking lots and a boxy building, before the city decided to overhaul the area into a 12-acre bayfront space in 2014.

Now instead of cracked asphalt and concrete, residents walked across promenades and a garden path outside the County Administration Center. While the area remains small in terms of park area, it's certainly a appealing addition next to the bay and Harbor Dr. leading into the heart of downtown.

Check out this before and after of the area to see just how stark a changed Waterfront Park is:

To celebrate the creation of the park, the city is hosting a festival on May 10 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. with games, rides, food trucks, inflatables, a mechanical shark, and more activities for kids. Bands Hullabaloo, Flashpants, Frankie J, and Fleetwood Max will all be on hand to provide live entertainment throughout the event.

Guests can even jump into a silent disco to kick it to the music in their head.

The festival is free to attend and open to all ages.