Mission Bay 4 ALL!

Create a Mission Bay Legacy for All! 

If you’re one of the millions of people who has visited Mission Bay in the last year, you know what a special place it is for the region. City leaders and planners decades ago envisioned the Bay as a system of Parks Within a Park to take advantage of the size and varied resources offered, and to create distinctive recreation areas. Central to the Parks Within a Park vision was the consolidation of natural resources in the DeAnza Cove area, and the preservation of wetlands.

Newer entertainment and recreational offerings have come at a cost to the historic natural resources. Today, Mission Bay’s Kendall Frost Reserve hosts 40 acres of tidal wetlands, a mere one percent of the 4,000-acre complex that existed historically. You are likely not aware of the presence of these wetlands, as they are fenced off for preservation purposes in the northeast quadrant of the Park, or the area we know as DeAnza Cove, named in honor of a Spanish explorer. Yet, the 40 acres are home to 154 species of native birds that frequent the marsh and depend on the marsh for survival.

City leaders in December 2015 launched a planning process to plan for the long-term future of DeAnza Cove. For no fewer than three years, the City sought community input on the redevelopment of DeAnza Cove. As of June 2019, the plan has not been completed, although three alternate land use proposals were developed. Unfortunately, the proposals represent a piece meal approach to the planning of the larger Mission Bay and conflict with the long-term vision laid out in the current Mission Bay Master Plan to prioritize not only the restoration of wetlands, but also the creation of additional wetland acreage.

In Fall 2018, C-3 hosted a Breakfast Dialogue on the topic of ecotourism to explore this theme for the long-term development of Mission Bay. That led us to begin a partnership in early 2019 with the San Diego Audubon Society, UCSD Natural Reserve System, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography to urge the City to pause the planning process and ensure a robust restoration of wetlands is considered. This effort has been in major support of the ReWild Mission Bay vision put forward by the Audubon Society to create new opportunities for wildlife to thrive in Mission Bay and for San Diegans to enjoy nature in our collective backyard.

Our collective goal? To ensure the city gives ReWild a deliberative and serious hearing as part of any long-term plan for DeAnza Cove and considers both community resources and coastal dependent land uses for the long-term success of the Bay.

Get Involved!

Join our advocacy efforts by attending an upcoming Mission Bay Advocacy Meeting.

Redevelopment of the northeast corner of Mission Bay provides the San Diego region with a once in a lifetime opportunity to leave a legacy of restored wetlands, economic vitality, sea level rise adaptation, and access to a unique regional asset and shoreline for everyone. Encourage the city to slow down and listen to the public’s opinions about water quality improvements, sea level rise, and access to our public park shoreline for all.

Links and Other Useful Information: 

  • Let the San Diego City Council and Mayor Faulconer know you DO NOT support Campland's plan to park themselves on De Anza Point, effectively blocking water quality improvement, greater public access to our shoreline and wetland restoration. CLICK HERE



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