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Balboa Park opens Palisades Plaza in former parking lot

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Nov 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-22 18:11:42-05

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.


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.