Port Moves Forward with Symphony’s Bayside Performance Park Project

by | Dec 11, 2018 | Times of San Diego

The Board of Port Commissioners voted Tuesday to continue advancing the San Diego Symphony‘s Bayside Performance Park project in Embarcadero Marina Park South.

The project includes improvements to Marina Park South and an open-air performance stage and venue with a seating capacity of up to 10,000. Currently, the symphony assembles an outdoor music venue each year for its Bayside Summer Nights Concert Series, and the Bayside Performance Park would serve as a permanent venue.

Symphony executives expect to break ground on the project by winter 2019.

“This project is music to our ears,” said Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Rafael Castellanos. “We are so pleased with the teamwork effort between port staff, California Coastal Commission staff and the symphony to get this done in a way that diversifies and enhances the San Diego Bay waterfront with special measures taken to protect public access and the environment.”

The commissioners adopted a Port Master Plan Amendment required for the development, approved a project concept and issued a Coastal Development Permit to the San Diego Symphony.

The board and the California Coastal Commission still need to make their final approvals of certain project documentation like the lease agreement between the port and the San Diego Symphony, which is anticipated some time before March.

“The approval of the Coastal Development Permit is a critical step toward making Bayside Performance Park a reality,” said San Diego Symphony CEO Martha Gilmer. “I want to recognize and thank CEO Randa Coniglio, Chairman Castellanos and the staff of the port for their professional and dedicated work on this unique project for the public.”

According to the symphony, London-based stage design company Soundforms will design the venue’s accoustically engineered white fabric shell. The design is billed as the first of its kind in the U.S. and will complement the look of the nearby San Diego Convention Center. The venue will remain open to the public year-round as part of Marina Park South.

“The San Diego Symphony is a pillar of our arts community and has been performing in its temporary location for more than a decade,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “With a new permanent home, this stage will add to San Diego’s growing list of can’t-miss arts and culture experiences, attract thousands of people to the waterfront each year and provide a permanent venue worthy of the San Diego Symphony’s world-class reputation.”

— City News Service

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