December 2, 2023
The USS Halfway Museum with the San Diego skyline within the background.

The USS Halfway Basis introduced the institution of its capital marketing campaign committee that would be the fundraising arm for the Freedom Park at Navy Pier challenge.

“That is an thrilling second,” stated Ben Clay, chair of the USS Halfway Basis. “We are actually kicking off our marketing campaign to construct Freedom Park across the USS Halfway Museum. Our mission is straightforward, get the park constructed and have a good time our veterans. I sit up for starting the essential means of elevating the funds wanted to make Freedom Park a actuality for all San Diegans and those that go to our great metropolis.”

The Port of San Diego and the USS Halfway Museum are working collectively on Freedom Park at Navy Pier which, in reference to adjoining park areas, would be the largest veterans park on the West Coast. Freedom Park will inform the story of on a regular basis heroes who served our nation and preserved our freedoms. In February, the California Coastal Fee unanimously authorised the event and building of the park.

The chair of the capital marketing campaign is Jack McGrory, CEO of La Jolla Administration, LCC, an actual property funding firm. McGrory additionally served as San Diego’s metropolis supervisor from 1991-1997, and Chief Working Officer for the San Diego Padres from 1999-2000.

It’s estimated that Freedom Park at Navy Pier will price round $65 million. At present, practically $29 million has been dedicated to the challenge from the Port of San Diego, the USS Halfway Museum, and, with the assist of Cong. Scott Peters, by way of Neighborhood Venture Funding distributed by way of the federal Division of Housing and City Improvement. A further $36 million will likely be raised by the USS Halfway Basis’s capital marketing campaign committee. Main fundraising efforts are scheduled to start in fall 2023.

Members of the Freedom Park at Navy Pier capital marketing campaign committee embody Jerry Sanders, CEO of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce; John Hawkins, former president, and CEO of Cloud 9 Shuttle; retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Anthony Jackson; Tom Sudberry, founding father of Sudberry Properties; Dr. Pha Le, senior doctor accomplice on the Vituity Cares Basis; Brandi Gill, senior authorized counsel at L3 Harris Applied sciences; Chris Neils, chair of the USS Halfway Museum; Ben Clay, chair of the USS Halfway Basis; and retired Rear Adm. Terry Kraft, president and CEO of the USS Halfway Museum.

The marketing campaign committee’s honorary members embody philanthropist Malin Burnham; retired Rear Adm. Ronne Froman-Blue; retired Rear Adm. Mac McLaughlin, former president and CEO of the USS Halfway Museum; and philanthropist Debbie Turner.

“Designs are presently being developed for this thrilling new public park,” stated Laura White, president of the USS Halfway Basis. “With Freedom Park, the USS Halfway Museum, round to the Bob Hope Memorial, guests can have numerous alternatives to find out about and work together with many key milestones in our nation’s navy.”

 A Footsteps of Freedom promenade, that may run alongside the complete north aspect of Navy Pier, will likely be devoted to the service and sacrifice of those that have worn the uniform of our nation. Further monuments, play components, benches and swings, strolling trails and gardens, good applied sciences, and different thrilling options will likely be included all through the scope of the park.

Engineering efforts are underway, with structural repairs and rehabilitation continuing on and below the pier. That work, together with the demolition of the final constructing on the pier, will happen over the following two years. It’s anticipated that building on the park will start in 2025 and be accomplished by 2028.