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New in Old Town (Project Updates)

Many projects are happening in the State Historic Park, in addition to improvements in the quality of interpretive programs, Special Events, and museum facilities.

Click on the links on the left side for further information.  Check back often for more detailed information on all the changes and improvements!

A list of current park programs for strategic planning, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities:  Educational & Interpretive Programming - 10/21/11

ADA Improvement Projects

In an effort to bring Old Town San Diego State Historic Park into compliance with federal and state accessibility requirements, a multi-year project has begun to upgrade features at the park to better accommodate visitors with disabilities. The project will provide improved access to all of the park’s attractions and concessions.  The project scope includes the following general improvements;

• General barrier removal and safety improvements
• Upgraded pathways and routes
• Improved signage and interpretive elements
• Parking improvements
• Restroom improvements
• Improved access to buildings
• Upgraded day use elements such as picnicking, drinking fountains, seating, etc.

The current project schedule is as follows;

2010- 2011- Environmental documents drafted and approved
2011- 2013- Construction

 Transfer of former CalTrans property to State Parks

Deferred Maintenance Projects
 Wayfinding Signs, including logo, tagline, and monument markers at Park Entrances

 Restroom #2 replacement
Completed January 2009

 Seeley Stables Yard Rehabilitation ~ 
Improving viewing of exhibits, access, and drainage.

Includes reconstruction of an 1872 working windmill (water for irrigation and other non-potable uses).
See video of project update on YouTube
Project Completion May 2009 YouTube

 Historic Building Condition Assessment Reports

 Cultural Landscape Report
Status: Research and history summary reports in process. 

 Wood and Tile roofing of concession and museum buildings (Completed)

Other Projects
 Cosmopolitan Hotel / La Casa de Bandini) Restoration

 SLOW Foods demonstration garden in La Casa de Estudillo courtyard

 Native Plant Garden restoration

 Possible partnership with UC Extension for 4H and other opportunities

 Heritage Rose Society - planting and maintaining various locations.