Plans for De Anza Redevelopment presented in Mission Bay

City proposes new parks, wildlife habitat areas
Posted at 6:04 AM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 17:49:28-05

UPDATE: Tuesday's meeting was canceled due to an illness.

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - On Tuesday night, the City of San Diego's Parks and Recreation Department will present two options for redeveloping the De Anza area to the Mission Bay Park Committee.

The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at Mission Bay High School.

The two plans were released to the public over the summer. Both feature improvements to sports fields, the Mission Bay Golf Course, green space, walking paths, playgrounds and beaches. Both also have new wildlife habitat areas included, although they vary on how many acres (27 or 38). A more detailed look at the plans can be found here.

But wildlife preservations groups like the San Diego Audubon Society and ReWild Mission Bay say they don't go far enough to preserve the habitat or protect wildlife.

They're calling for up to 200 acres of land set aside. They say it can also provide a buffer against sea level rises from global warming.

They've put forth three other alternative plans that have limited amenities for people, but focus on open habitat space.

"I don't think being able to use an area for cycling, walking or jogging and conservation of the bay are mutually exclusive," says Linda Conser, who walks along the bay every week. "I think they can exist together."

"A lot of my friends use this area," says Chris Garry, who launches his fishing boat from the dock at De Anza Cove. "I'm interested to see what it's going to be like."