Park & Recreation
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Park & Recreation The Park and Recreation Department oversees more than 39,000 acres of developed parks, open space and aquatic areas throughout the City. These facilities provide a wide-range of recreational opportunities for San Diego citizens and visitors alike. The Capital Improvement Program plays an important role in providing new facilities and addressing deferred maintenance of existing facilities. In order to meet our goal of providing quality parks and programs, it is important to continually invest in capital improvements to keep park facilities available for recreational activities and safe to use. With 55 recreation centers, 13 aquatic centers, and 250 playgrounds in approximately 300 developed parks, the Department continually seeks funding for capital improvements ranging from roof replacements to playground upgrades. Department projects are funded by a variety of sources, including facilities benefit assessments, park development fees, development impact fees, maintenance assessment district fees, Mission Bay lease revenue, golf course enterprise funds, private donations and State and federal grants.
2012 CIP Accomplishments In Fiscal Year 2012, the Park and Recreation Department completed many capital improvements within the overall park system. These improvements included: • The Balboa Park Golf Course received a new state-of-the-art irrigation system. While the irrigation system itself is not highly visible to golf course patrons, it has had a positive impact on the course. The new irrigation system has eased maintenance of the course, enhanced playability and improved the appearance of the entire golf course. This important capital improvement will encourage more people to play Balboa Park Golf Course and opens up future tournament opportunities. It also helps reduce the amount of water needed to maintain the course. • Capital improvements have addressed needed roof and HVAC system repairs at seven park buildings, including the iconic, historic domed roof at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park. • The Martin Luther King, Jr., swimming pool and building received ADA upgrades making the facility easily accessible for pool patrons with physical disabilities. • A new joint use facility with the San Diego Unified School District opened which includes a 1.3 acre synthetic turf field. This facility will serve the children of the Language Academy during school hours and be opened to the public for recreational use on weekends and nonschool hours. • Two mini parks were completed, one in Mission Hills and one in Ocean Beach. The Ocean Beach mini park is located at the intersection of Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and West Point Loma Boulevard and acts as an enhanced gateway into the community of Ocean Beach. Eventually, the Ocean Beach mini park will connect to the Ocean Beach Athletic Area, Robb Field. The Mission Hills Mini Park is located in a very dense residential neighborhood and will offer a small pocket of useable open space at the top of a neighborhood canyon. It includes interpretive signage on the history of Mission Hills and of the wildlife which frequent the adjacent canyon.
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City of San Diego Fiscal Year 2013 Proposed Budget
Park & Recreation 2013 CIP Goals The Park and Recreation Department is looking forward to Fiscal Year 2013 due to the number and variety of capital improvement projects slated for construction and those which will begin design. • The Memorial Community Park swimming pool will be completely reconstructed in Fiscal Year 2013. The size of the pool will be enlarged to accommodate more aquatic recreation activities, including high school water polo. The project also includes a larger deck area and a splash play area for young children. • The iconic California Tower in Balboa Park will begin the first phase of its seismic retrofit construction. The California Tower is one of the most photographed structures in San Diego and has been standing for almost 100 yea