Mayor Faulconer Invites San Diegans to Help Shape Future of City Parks
City Kicks Off First Master Plan Effort in More Than A Half Century, Residents Invited to Workshops Designed to Influence Next Generation of Parks
Monday, June 4, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – As part of his ongoing commitment to bring quality parks to every neighborhood, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer is inviting San Diegans to attend a series of workshops designed to determine the needs and priorities of parks, recreational facilities, programming and open space over the next 20 to 30 years.
“We are in the middle of the largest park expansion in modern San Diego history and the Parks Master Plan will continue that momentum by setting the stage for the future of our world-class parks system,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This is an opportunity for our residents to tell us what they’d like to see happen going forward with our regional and neighborhood parks. I encourage all San Diegans to attend a workshop or fill out the online survey to make their voices heard.”
Updating the Parks Master Plan, a key strategy in Mayor Faulconer’s ‘ Housing SD’ plan, is a three-year comprehensive planning and outreach project to a develop a future vision for the City’s parks and recreation system. The plan focuses on immediate, short-term and longer-term strategies for delivering diverse and meaningful parks and determines how the City will meet the future demand for parks as communities grow and develop.
Plan objectives include:
- Evaluate the existing park system and recreation programs
- Outline opportunities for providing recreation spaces in areas with limited land
- Develop methods to implement the City’s Climate Action Plan strategies and goals
- Create funding strategies for Parks Master Plan implementation
- Create park equivalencies criteria and a toolbox
- Determine metrics for success
“We want to engage San Diegans in creating a Parks Master Plan that reflects the changes in demographics and lifestyles,” said City Planning Director Mike Hansen. “The Parks Master Plan will serve as a long-term road map for developing a citywide parks and recreation system that is relevant, accessible, sustainable and equitable for our diverse community.”
Public input is critical to developing the new Parks Master Plan. To facilitate dialogue with park users and the public, the City has scheduled 10 public workshops designed to solicit feedback and discuss needs for community parks and recreation programming. Information gathered at the workshops will establish planning priorities and serve as the foundation for the Parks Master Plan.
Workshops will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following dates:
- Wednesday, June 6 – Linda Vista Recreation Center, 7064 Levant St., 92111
- Monday, June 11 – Robb Field (Jim Howard Hall Meeting Room), 2525 Bacon St., 92107
- Tuesday, June 12 – San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, 330 Park Blvd., 92101
- Thursday, June 14 – Black Mountain Middle School (Multipurpose Center), 9353 Oviedo St., 92129
- Monday, June 18 – Mid-City Gym, 4302 Landis St., 92105
- Tuesday, June 19 – Skyline Hills Recreation Center, 8285 Skyline Drive, 92114
- Wednesday, June 20 – Canyonside Recreation Center, 12350 Black Mountain Road, 92129
- Thursday, June 21 – Standley Recreation Center, 3585 Governor Drive, 92122
- Monday, June 25 – Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive, 92102
- Wednesday, June 27 – Col. Irving Salomon San Ysidro Community Activity Center, 179 Diza Road, 92173
Residents may also provide input through an online survey available at https://cityofsandiegoparksplan.com/en. A survey also was mailed to a random sampling of more than 13,000 residents.
“The Parks Master Plan serves as a wonderful opportunity to take a comprehensive look at our existing park plans, green spaces and recreational facilities and identify needed resources and programming that effectively positions our park system for future generations,” said Herman Parker, Director of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department. “We look forward to hearing from the communities and stakeholders from around the City who will shape the new plan, conserve and protect our natural resources and help us achieve our mission to provide healthy, sustainable and enriching environments for all.”
The City operates and maintains more than 40,000 acres of parkland that serve millions of residents and visitors each year. The parks system not only fulfills the public’s need for leisure, it also supports San Diego’s economy through tourism and enhances the City’s ability to attract and retain businesses.
The Parks Master Plan is the latest investment in San Diego’s park system since Mayor Faulconer took office in 2014. Mayor Faulconer has an ongoing commitment for 50 new or improved parks across the city over five years with 19 completed and opened as well as more than a dozen other park projects currently in various stages of design or construction.
The City is also collaborating with 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.
The Parks Master Plan is expected to be complete in fall 2020. Find more about the Parks Master Plan here.
CONTACT: Christina Chadwick 619-727-9758 or [email protected]