Nestled just east of Downtown San Diego is the Diamond neighborhood of Southeastern San Diego. San Diego’s Diamond neighborhood, a historically underserved community, is referenced by the area’s diamond-shaped business district. This community is experiencing a resurgence in development fueled by partnering residents and local community groups to create a shared vision and sense of place.
The restoration and enhancement of a quarter mile of Chollas Creek is a part of this ‘shared vision’. The guiding principles for this project were Community Identity, Transit-Oriented Development, Public Gathering Spaces, Sustainable Development, and Infrastructure.
The site, located on the northwest corner of Euclid Avenue and Market Street, is approximately 5.5 miles from the San Diego Bay. Chollas Creek flows into the San Diego Bay, the proposed development will not contribute to the erosion of public beaches and will not adversely impact local shoreline sand supply. The project alleviates creek erosion, stabilizes the creek flows, restores the creek habitat, and provides pedestrian connectivity through the use of ADA compliant trails, signage and a signature pedestrian bridge. The Landscape Plan and Wetland Restoration/Revegetation Plan included native plants within the rip rap, natural stone cobble and the plantable turf reinforcement mat areas.
The project development plans were processed through multiple stakeholders including the City of San Diego, the Army Corp of Engineers, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.