Formerly the Naval Training Center, Liberty Station in Point Loma continues to exude an undeniably heavy military presence, from the USS Recruit — a landlocked dummy of the famous naval training vessel — to the large caliber training guns lining parts of the road.
The Liberty Station Esplanade is a windy path found along the canal that is shared by bikers, joggers, dogs and their owners. It overlooks the airport and links directly to Spanish Landing across Harbor Drive via a bridge. I’ve enjoyed taking my dogs here as it is a low-key environment, and I can let (one of) them off leash for the most part.
One way, the Esplanade is more than half a mile on smooth concrete, with a couple of sections offering the option of a well-maintained dirt path. There are restrooms, a playground and an expansive grassy area for endless activities.
All photos by Annie Lane.
Doug Porter says
I like your new blank slate.
in 1959 along with many others i was delivered from the east coast directly to the ntc for boot camp……… seeing a real live palm tree when i got here i realized right away that one day i would be staying here … very few palm trees in philly …
i did stay but things have changed drastically since the fifties – not all for the better … and now it appears to me that san diego has in many ways evolved to become los angeles south … as an aside i might mention that in the same span of time honolulu became los angeles west …
I have been walking with Lil Bear and Mason along the channel for a couple of years now, and find it the most peaceful stretch of harbor in all of San Diego. To me it is peaceful, because I grew up in the flight path of Lindbergh field, so I am able to tune out what comes directly overhead from the airport. I have been tempted to write about the area and the outstanding team of City Employees, and I do mean outstanding, who do so much to keep this magnificent park so beautiful. Perhaps now I will, now that you have let the secret out with your beautiful images.