San Diego, California - You’re invited to join the festivities as the County of San Diego celebrates the grand opening of the Waterfront Park downtown on Saturday, May 10.

Land once used for parking around the historic County Administration Center has now been transformed into an expansive park and welcoming landmark for visitors and residents alike.

The new 12-acre park overlooks the Star of India and San Diego Bay. A sparkling 830-foot-long fountain runs nearly its length and features jets that will shoot water 14 feet up into the air and down into a shallow splash area for children. The park also includes a promenade, two expansive greens, theme gardens, plazas and terraces, a picnic area, shade trees, a large play area and public restrooms.

A daylong slate of festivities will begin with a grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. at the County Administration Center located at 1600 Pacific Highway. The dignitaries will include the Board of Supervisors, City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Mary Roosevelt, the daughter-in-law of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who dedicated the County Administration Center building in 1938.

After the formal grand opening, the fountain will be turned on and visitors will be able to enjoy live music, dance performances and a classic car show. Kids can romp around on inflatable play structures, check out an obstacle course and super slide, have their faces painted and more. Visitors can also shop at a Farmers Market, dine at a Food Truck Pavilion, and sip in a sectioned-off garden featuring craft beer and wine from local brewers and vintners. Entertainment will continue throughout the day until 6 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to take the San Diego Trolley to the event. Parking will be free at Qualcomm Stadium for anyone boarding the trolley there. Trolleys will be running every 15 minutes. Tickets are $6 for adults and each paying adult can bring two kids under age 12 who can ride for free. See MTS website for more trolley information. For more information about the Waterfront Park opening, visit www.sdparks.org.