18 acre San Diego River Park to be voted on Thursday

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – When you think of Mission Valley, hotels and shopping centers probably come to mind. There is one little piece of Mission Valley that has gone undeveloped for years; an 18 acre parcel that may finally become a showcase, a showcase for nature.

It’s called Discovery Center at Grant Park, an 18 acre area between Qualcomm Way and the 805 Freeway along Camino Del Rio North.

Right now it’s filled with brush and weeds, but in a few years it could look like this- a two story, nine thousand square foot nature center dedicated to wildlife along the San Diego River.

Discovery Center will feature an interpretative center, classrooms for education, areas for walking and family picnics, a place for outdoor movies, art shows, and even a musician’s performance area.

It has been a decade long dream of the San Diego River Park Foundation ever since they were donated the land once used for sand mining. The total cost of the project is estimated at 8.5 million dollars. So far, the foundation has raised 2.5 million. The project is due for a final vote with City Council on Thursday.

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