Thursday, September 26, 2019 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – As part of the largest park expansion effort in modern San Diego history, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by City Councilmember Vivian Moreno and community leaders to reopen Memorial Community Park in Logan Heights following its long-awaited overhaul.
“This is just the latest investment we’re making to improve parks across the city and lift up communities that have been historically left behind,” Mayor Faulconer said. “These upgrades to Memorial Community Park will benefit Logan Heights and surrounding neighborhoods for decades to come and help create memories for friends and families that will be cherished forever.”
The ceremony – attended by more than 90 Logan K-8 school kids who eagerly waited to test out the new playground – marked the completion of the $2.4 million investment in one of San Diego’s most underserved communities.
Improvements include two new children’s play structures, a restroom, a drinking fountain, accessible walkways and curb ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, new irrigation and drought-tolerant landscaping. As a result of the initial project bids coming in under budget, a new fitness area was added to the project scope to include an ADA accessible fitness zone with six pieces of exercise equipment.
“As the Councilmember for District 8, I will continue to fight for and advocate for park improvements, which provides many benefits to our communities,” Councilmember Moreno said. “As one of the oldest parks in District 8, the Memorial Park playground upgrades will be enjoyed by many children for years to come!”
The long-awaited transformation includes upgrades the Memorial Community Park Recreation Council and Logan Heights community sought for two decades. The park bathrooms were among the oldest in the City’s park system.
The park was funded in part by a $1.3 million Community Development Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
This is just the latest investment in San Diego’s park system since Mayor Faulconer took office in 2014. Mayor Faulconer has an ongoing commitment to build or improve 50 parks across the city over five years. So far, 26 parks have opened in neighborhoods across San Diego with more than a dozen other park projects currently in various stages of design or construction.
That commitment also includes a collaborative effort between the City and the San Diego Unified School District to expand recreational opportunities with the “Play All Day” parks initiative to build over 45 new joint-use parks.