Dudek Awarded EIRs for Major Aquatic Park Improvements

The City of San Diego has selected Dudek to provide environmental impact studies for two separate projects as part of major upgrades planned for the city’s high-profile Mission Bay Park, the largest aquatic park of its kind in the United States. The 4,600-acre half-land, half-water park is visited by more than 15 million people each year.

Wetlands Restoration

Dudek environmental planners will develop a program (PEIR) to provide a programmatic analysis and prioritize implementing numerous projects for the acquatic park, including multiple wetland restoration and water quality improvements around the bay; upland habitat restoration; and a new one-way tidal connection under Fiesta Island causeway. Other projects to be analyzed include bike and pedestrian trails improvements and bridges; seawall replacement along the bay and beach promenade; erosion control; and improvements to rest areas, playgrounds, and parking lots that have been subjected to deferred maintenance.

Dudek will manage initial engineering and restoration design of all improvements as part of the PEIR preparation and programmatic approvals from resources agencies to allow streamlined implementation of individual projects.

In another project, Dudek will provide an environmental impact report to address revitalization of Misson Bay’s De Anza Cove area, including wetlands restoration and enhanced recreational activities. Wetlands restoration associated with the ReWild Mission Bay project on the current site of Campland on the Bay will also be incorporated into the EIR analysis and overall restoration plan. ReWild Mission Bay is a project of San Diego Audubon and others to enhance and restore up to 170 acres of wetlands in the creating opportunity for wildlife to thrive and San Diegans to enjoy nature in their own backyard.

Mission Bay boasts 27 miles of shoreline, 19 of which are sandy beaches with eight locations designated as official swimming areas. At the west end is a network of channels and islands – a perfect spot for everyone from windsurfers to water- skiers. You can swim, enjoy the sun or rent a boat to explore the thousands of acres of waterways. The acquatic park offers boat docks and launching facilities, sailboat and motor rentals, bike and walk paths, basketball courts and playgrounds for children. It is one of San Diego’s most fun-filled spots to visit.