Nimitz Boulevard Dreams and Reality

by on September 23, 2014 · 5 comments

in Environment, Ocean Beach

Screen capture from Point Loma Association website.

By Staff

On Wednesday – September 17th – the Point Loma Association held an open meeting at the Family Life Center, Point Loma Presbyterian Church to get input from the residents of the Point (that would be those who live in Point Loma and Ocean Beach).

OB Nimitz workshp 9-16-14 db 01Just recently, the Point Loma Association finished the first phase of the “Nimitz Boulevard Median Enhancement Project”. Take a peek at the median on Nimitz the next time you drive, bike or walk near West Point Loma Blvd. to the entrance of the Catalina on ramp. The black asphalt was removed and replaced with colorful succulents along with accent boulders and bordered by stamped concrete.

The task force has thirteen members who will be involved in the Nimitz project which will be broken up into segments from West Point Loma to Harbor Drive.

This first meeting allowed residents to break into groups and share ideas on enhancements which include but not limited to :

  • protected bike lanes;
  • continuity of sidewalks on one or both sides of the street;
  • retaining wall enhancements in some areas;
  • shaded and protected sidewalks where possible;
  • security and aesthetic lighting, use of solar and direct down lights;
  • road improvements;
  • lane widening or lane removal;
  • beautification of bridges;
  • public art on medians or bridges;
  • banners;
  • additional tree plantings;
  • location of bus stop;
  • benches and shade cover for bus stops;
  • maybe a round-about here and there;
  • and possibly a name change to “Nimitz Parkway”.

The GOAL : beautification of the Point and traffic calming measures (not to create a six-lane highway). The project has begun, the task force will be investigating various funding sources, and invites anyone who is interested in donating time or money to get involved.

The PLA is an organization of residents and businesses committed to improving the quality of life of Point Loma through beautification, education, charitable activities and civic collaboration. You can become a member by attending one of their events or visiting

In regard to the Nimitz project, please free to share your ideas, comments, photos, designs, money … and for more information, contact Robert Jackson at

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Stanley Nadel September 23, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Thank you for recognizing and publicizing some of the achievements and goals of the PLA. It is perplexing how few residents of the Peninsula community are actually aware of all this organization is doing for their neighborhood. Kudos to the Staff of the OB Rag for this article.


Catherine September 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I have noticed this and think it looks nice. I would really, really love another bridge over or tunnel under Nimitz. With small children in tow, the intersection of Nimitz and W. Point Loma is a bit frightening even with the lights. It’s the reason we don’t make it Dusty Rhodes that much or to the park across Nimitz behind Correia even though we live nearby. It would be really nice to have some shaded trail/walkways in the area and that seems like a place where it might be doable. Something to get away from all the cars.


Cholly September 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Why don’t they consider routing the automobiles underground and building a park over Nimitz? It sure would increase property values all over the Point


Debbie September 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Mr. Collier would like that idea!

Nimitz split up the parks. It would be great to increase our park space.

All that’s needed is money :-)


Wireless Mike September 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm

There should be a safer way for pedestrians and bicyclists to get between Nimitz Blvd and the San Diego River bridge in both directions. Northbound, they must cross the entrance to I-8 from Nimitz, which does not stop. Southbound, they must cross the exit to Sunset Cliffs Blvd, which also does not stop.

Additional stoplights would only increase traffic congestion, which is bad already. Bicycle and pedestrian bridges over these dangerous crossings would be an ideal solution, but very expensive. Something should be done, but it will cost a lot of money to do it right.


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