Mayor & Mid-City CAN to Announce Over $3 Million to Renovate old Copley YMCA Building

Grant to Create Future Park De La Cruz Recreation Center, Help Improve Mid-City Park

San Diego - Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today joined City Councilmember Marti Emerald, Park and Recreation Director Herman Parker and Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (CAN) leadership and youth to announce more than $3 million in new funding to repair and renovate the old Copley YMCA building, which will become the new Park De La Cruz Recreation Center.

Mayor Faulconer said, “As your mayor, my administration has been working hard to make sure that every child and every family have the opportunity to succeed. This park and facility belongs to the public and we want you, the community, to have the opportunity to use it again. We want this place to be a resource for the Mid-City community and I’m committed to making sure that happens as we continue to build One San Diego.”

Councilmember Emerald said, “On behalf of the residents of City Heights, I want to thank city staff for their efforts in bringing another $3.1 million from HCD to our neighborhood. City Heights is a diverse community – with kids, families, and professionals coming from different parts of the world and speaking several different languages. But having a safe neighborhood with quality resources and services is a priority that the community as a whole can agree on. This community and recreational center, along with the skate park, will help bring that to City Heights and will encourage everyone to come out and enjoy our open spaces as one community.”

The City of San Diego received the $3.1 million in grant money for Park De La Cruz in City Heights from the State of California Housing and Community Development (HCD). The new money is on top of the nearly $4.5 million awarded to the City by HCD last year to build two innovative, multi-generational, custom built, concrete skateboard parks within Park De La Cruz and the Linda Vista Community Park.

Parks and Rec Director Herman Parker said, “We are very excited to see improvements come to a well-loved community asset. The new skate park, additional plaza areas, and the new Park de la Cruz Community Center will give residents of City Heights and San Diegans wonderful new recreational opportunities. Of special note is reopening the indoor gymnasium for public use and reactivating the former Copley YMCA building as a center that will provide recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities, veterans, and older adults.”

HCD awarded the grant to the City of San Diego for the adoption of its award-winning 2013 Housing Element, a policy guide that addresses the comprehensive housing needs of the City. The City’s Housing Element, which is subject to detailed statutory requirements and mandatory review by HCD, included the creation and preservation of nearly 1,000 affordable housing units during the time the City applied for the grant.

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