Situated at the end of State Route 94 and alongside the I-5 interstate, the charming neighborhood of East Village is an essential part of downtown San Diego and is the largest out of the eight primary neighborhoods in the downtown area. East Village has undergone extensive development and urban revitalization since the creation of Petco Park in 2004.
Petco Park is one of East Village’s biggest attractions and is an open-air ballpark that hosts the San Diego Padres baseball team who moved to the new facility after sharing Qualcomm Stadium with the San Diego Chargers football team. The park is primarily situated in East Village and also hosts a number of other events, including rock concerts, tournaments, and other special festivities. The 42,445-seat stadium usually attracts quite a crowd to East Village during the Major League Baseball season. The stadium also includes a public park in the outfield that is open for complimentary use whenever a game is not being played. On gamedays, parkgoers can utilize the grassy field for watching the Padres for only five dollars.
The community’s location east of the Gaslamp Quarter and southeast of Cortez Hill places it in a very central location, close to many of the attractions and landmarks that make San Diego such a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Embarcadero Marina Park is located on the waterfront and is an especially tranquil and relaxing place, despite being surrounded by skyscrapers. Many residents from East Village make the fifteen-block trip in order to experience the urban oasis. The much larger Balboa Park is just a few blocks from the center of East Village and is similar to New York City’s grand Central Park.
El Prado, a wide promenade that runs through the park, is home to many of San Diego’s most famed museums and cultural attractions including the San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the San Diego Art Institute the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the Natural History Museum, the San Diego Historical Society, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the Reflection Pond, the latticed Botanical Building, the Bea Evenson Fountain, and Timken Museum of Art.