Relocated Urban Park Quartyard Debuts In San Diego's East Village

April 3, 2018
Photos from Chase McGill

After being displaced last Sping, San Diego's Quartyard urban park has moved down the block from its original location and unveiled this week in the East Village, offering a 13,000 square-foot outdoor chillground that features an onsite bar, coffee shop, restaurant and party venue.

Quartyard is a project from RAD Lab (which stands for "research architecture development laboratory"), and was originally built at a temporary public park at 1102 Market Street in San Diego's East Village. The $1 million project broke ground in fall 2014 and grand opened on March 7, 2015, constructed on a 28,500 square-foot lot using retrofitted shipping containers within. After the city sold the property to a high-rise housing developer last year, RAD Lab was forced to shut down Quartyard last Spring and transition its operations easward about 500 feet to 13th & Market. The former location on Market Street will be developed by Holland Partner Group, who will construct a 34-story, 426-unit residential tower and outpost for UC San Diego on the plot.

The new Quartyard, although half the size of the original, will feature everything visitors have come to love about the urban playground, including a dog park, an art wall with rotating installations, a performance stage for live music and events, 25-tap beer garden and cocktail bar, a cafe from Seahorse Coffee, and an onsite eatery dubbed "Canteen" from San Francisco-based Best Beverage Catering that will serve a menu of flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, and entrees.  

Quartyard is located at 1301 Market Street in downtown San Diego's East Village. For more information, visit and check out our photos below.