Fault Line Park

By Unites States Geological Survey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Unites States Geological Survey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Southern California has its faults—figurative and literal.

In this case, it’s the Rose Canyon Fault that runs right through the heart of San Diego and is adjacent to the new 45-story apartment building, Pinnacle on the Park. In fact, the building’s developers were the ones who created and will maintain the park.

The park is situated on 14th Street between Island Avenue and J Street, and takes up the west half of the city block that its in. There’s a wide-open grassy area, as well as a small playground area for kids.

But, in keeping with the name of the park, the main sidewalk through the park sits over the fault line and, on opposite sides of the sidewalk, are two large polished spheres that are more than just artwork or sculptures.

The sphere to the west has a “sight” through it that you can look through at the other sphere on the opposite side of the sidewalk. When the spheres were installed in 2015, the other was perfectly centered in the “sight.” As time progresses, and the two tectonic plates continue their 1.1 millimeter per year slip rate, you’ll actually be able to see the movement between the two plates. Pretty cool.

At the northwest corner of the park, there’s a coffee shop called Halcyon Coffee Bar and a restaurant called Stella Public House.

If you want to get up-close to some of the formative geology of San Diego, explore Fault Line Park.

What You Need To Know

Location: 1433 Island Ave., San Diego, CA

Hours: 6 a.m.–10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Website: It doesn’t have a website of its own, but here are a couple of related sites:

Fault Whisperer

Fault Line Inspires East Village’s First New Park in Decade

Tips: Parking in the area is limited to metered street parking, and it can be tough to find.


Click to see full-sized photos.

Visited: 13 November 2016

3 thoughts on “Fault Line Park

  1. […] Fault Line Park is names as such as it is built on a shallow fault line and the space is designed specifically to echo this fact. A sidewalk that cuts diagonally through it traces the line of the earthquake fault zone running below. There’s an interactive public art installation on either side of the sidewalk that monitors the earth’s movement below and emanates a singing sound from their connection to the earth’s vibrations. I have always loved when science meets art and this pair of silver orbs is both gorgeous and interesting. I chose an all-silver look to complement the art and kick-off my coat obsession for the upcoming fall season. I hope you enjoy! […]


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