Home to premier events such as Comic-Con and the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Users Conference, the San Diego Convention Center is located in the Marina District along Harbor Drive near Park Boulevard, and extends north along the bay toward Seaport Village. Designed with a nautical theme, including the signature Sails Pavilion, the convention center opened in November 1989. An expansion by September 2001 doubled the overall square footage to allow for larger conventions and other events.
Several displays of public art decorate the grounds of the convention center, including several pieces near the Park Boulevard intersection. Photos taken 03/22/11 and 03/24/08.
The Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge is a self-anchored suspension bridge in downtown San Diego that allows pedestrians to cross Harbor Drive (historic U.S. 101), Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the San Diego Trolley between Petco Park and San Diego Bay near the San Diego Convention Center. The $26.8 million bridge opened to pedestrian traffic on March 18, 2011, and was dedicated on April 5, 2011, which was the first San Diego Padres game that season. The bridge was designed as a signature span connecting the southern end of Park Boulevard with the bay, creating a bay-to-park link via Park Boulevard. The bridge is 550 feet long.<sup>1,2,3</sup> These views show the bridge looking both east toward Petco Park and west toward the Hilton parking garage as well as north and south from the bridge toward the railroad and U.S. 101. Photos taken 03/22/11 and 06/29/11.
Pacific Milestone – Horton Plaza Park
The Pacific Milestone is located in Horton Plaza in front of the Sam Goody’s store at the intersection of Broadway and 4th Street downtown next to the fountain. This suite of pictures shows the monument and the inscriptions and plaques on the sides as well as the compass on top. Photos taken 03/24/08.