Paseo de Colachis: A Welcome Addition to Campus

The construction fences went down during the third week of August 2017. The tables and umbrellas were present, the fountain's water running, grass settling in and big trees providing ample shade for students in some spots, including those who are studying or conversing with friends over lunch. Some visited a few booths on the cemented area to sign up for Campus Recreation-hosted sports leagues and fitness classes, play a game on a larger-than-normal Connect Four board or indulge in some free ice cream and candy courtesy of the Torero Program Board.

That was the scene during USD’s first day of school on September 6, 2017, the day that the university’s newest addition to an already beautiful campus — the Paseo de Colachis — officially debuted to the entire community.

It created a space where walking is the main mode of transportation and actual cars are no longer able to roam. It’s where conversations and studying can take place at the many tables throughout the area. There’s a fountain, there are new entrances to Founders and Camino halls, Copley Library, Olin Hall, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science and the Manchester Hall where Admissions and Career Development Center reside.

As the school year progressed, the campus community found the Paseo de Colachis as a great place to relax. On the grassy area, students were spotted throwing a football or Frisbee or playing volleyball or just reading while sitting in an Adirondack chair. Perhaps the biggest event on the grass was February’s Spring Alcala Bazaar, an event that connects students to clubs, organizations, their passions and much more. While the Alcala Bazaar has been around for many years, the front end of the Paseo de Colachis was the perfect place to start a new Torero tradition, the November lighting of a Christmas tree to kick off the holiday season.

And there’s also the Big Blue Chairs with the USD logo. They’ve become a must for students looking for a great selfie or a profile picture to post on social media. It’s a popular destination for students and parents to remember the USD campus tour they’ve taken or a unique graduation photo for seniors.

The Paseo de Colachis has proven to be many things to many people in this first year of existence. Thanks to the Colachis family’s generous gift, the University of San Diego has a wonderful present that we invite all to enjoy for many years to come.

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