SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Balboa Park has reopened the former parking lot near the San Diego Air & Space Museum as Palisades Plaza.
The refresh of the South Palisades parking lot removed the 144 parking spaces and transformed it into a public square surrounded by the Air & Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum, Mid-City Gymnasium, and upcoming Comic-Con Museum.
The city has said it will add 131 parking spots in two lots in other parts of the park to make up for the loss.
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Over about seven months of construction, crews with the city's Transformation and Stormwater, and Parks and Recreation departments removed asphalt, upgraded a San Diego Trolley stop, planted trees and enhanced landscaping, installed turn lawn areas, repaved the North Palisades parking lot, and upgraded sidewalks and curb ramps.
The project cost about $600,000.
Since many attractions in Balboa Park have been shuttered by pandemic-related closures, groups throughout the park have used the time to revamp museums and upgrade facilities.