Improvements to the Field at Birney Joint-Use Park
The Birney Joint-Use Field was closed for three months for landscaping improvements. Additional signage with the Humane Society’s phone number has also been installed.
Beautification of Old Trolley Barn Park
Thanks to the help of Carpenters Local 619, UHCA volunteers, and Team Ward, Old Trolley Barn Park beatification included the planting of six new trees, repainted handrails, brush clearing, and repainting over a dozen light posts.
Funding Secured in Fiscal Year 2020 for design and planning of restrooms at Old Trolley Barn Park
Trolley Barn Park is a treasure in University Heights, delivering a safe, fun area for neighborhood children to play and hosting community events year-round. Councilmember Ward fought to ensure the FY 2020 Budget includes 500,000 in funding for the planning and development of restrooms at this park, so residents can continue utilizing Trolley Barn to its fullest potential.
San Diego Unified School Normal Street Property Community Workshops
San Diego Unified School District is holding community workshops to receive input on the potential redevelopment of the Education Center at 4100 Normal Street. This 11-acre site could include new educational facilities, housing, or public parks.
Many University Heights residents were vocal about their desire to be included in the Utility Undergrounding 5-Year Master Plan. Through coordinated community outreach and advocacy by Councilmember Ward, we were able to get City staff included major block projects to be allocated in 2018 and 2019. This includes undergrounding design, community outreach, and construction happen in these medium density blocks in the next several years.
E-Waste Recycling & Clean-Ups
Community clean-ups are a great way for neighbors to care for and show pride in their communities. In 2018, Councilmember Ward worked with the University Heights Community Association to host multiple community clean-ups as well as an E-Waste Recycling Event.
Canyon trash abatement and tree trimming
This past year, City crews have been working to thin brush and remove vegetation from City property in Camelot Canyon. The City of San Diego's Transportation and Storm Water Department has been working with the Fire Marshall to eliminate hazards in this area. This work is a follow up to the trash and debris abatement that occurred in April in conjuncture with CalTrans. Councilmember Ward continues to follow the ongoing cleanup of this canyon and advocate for additional abatements.
Enforcement at Birney Joint-Use Park
Due to increased off-leash dog activity and related defecation on student play areas, Councilmember Ward successfully requested that the Humane Society schedule additional patrol hours of Birney Park in 2018, in addition to the routine patrols during their normal operating hours.
Provided new trash bins, trees, and benches for Old Trolley Barn Park
At the request of residents and community leaders, Councilmember Ward secured new trash bins for use at the Old Trolley Barn Park. With the help the Recreation Council, Councilmember Ward was also able to secure additional trees and benches for the park.