Ocean Air Recreation Center
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History of the Center
Ocean Air Community Park opened on January 20, 2010. It is an 18-acre park that includes a 16,500 square foot recreation center providing meeting rooms, a kitchen, offices, restrooms, and a multi-functional gymnasium. The park includes two ball fields, an outdoor basketball court, walking paths, picnic structures, and a large grassy field surrounded by rolling mounds. The park also provides a large playground with climbing rocks and boulders, a sand area, and various play structures for children ages 2 through 12.
Artistically, the park includes a long row of liquid amber trees which when mature will shield park users from prevailing winds that sweep through the site. The site includes California native plants that line the pathways and bring the users up to a stainless steel deck that overlooks the open space preserve. The project was designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification for its environmentally sustainable design.
Directions and Bus Route
From Interstate 5 south take the Carmel Mountain Road exit (Exit 32). Turn left onto Carmel Mountain Road. At the third traffic signal turn right onto Carmel Mountain Road. At the second traffic signal turn left onto East Ocean Air Drive. The park entrance is at the end of East Ocean Air Drive.
From Interstate 5 north and 805 north take the LOCAL BYPASS exit, then take the Carmel Mountain Road exit (Exit 32). Turn right onto Carmel Mountain Road. At the third traffic signal turn right onto Carmel Mountain Road. At the second traffic signal turn left onto East Ocean Air Drive. The park entrance is at the end of East Ocean Air Drive.
The center is accessible by bus via SDMTS Routes 972, 973, 978 and 979.