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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mast Park Master Plan Underway

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The city of Santee needs your input on how to make Mast Park a more engaging place that fosters a healthy lifestyle.
To gather your ideas, the city has scheduled a public workshop for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2 in Building 7 at the City Hall complex, 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Bldg. 7.

We’re inviting all Santee residents to attend this brainstorming session and tell us what improvements they’d like to see at this park, which is the city’s oldest and largest.
The effort to refresh Mast Park by drafting a new master plan is aided by a Healthy Community Planning Grant the city has received from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).  The grant funds originated from the federal government to combat obesity and foster healthier communities in America. The goal of the grant is to redevelop the park so that it fosters health-improving activities and to incorporate this goal as a planning objective in future parks.
Although the park encompasses about 100 acres, the updated master plan will focus on the 26.5 acres on the north side of the San Diego River east of Carlton Hills Boulevard and will serve as a comprehensive guide for the development of facilities to meet the needs of the community over the next 20 years.
The new master plan could pave the way for a variety of park improvements such as picnic pavilions, exercise equipment, better signage, improved walking trails and drought-tolerant landscaping. The latest addition to the park is a fenced-in off-leash dog area, which is currently under construction.
Improving the riverfront trail will also be a priority. Mast Park is a key link in the regional San Diego River Park Master Plan, which envisions a park and trail system along the river’s 52-mile course from the mountains to the sea.
Written comments may also be e-mailed to TRodgers@ci.santee.ca.us or mailed to the Santee Community Services Department, 10601 Magnolia Ave. Santee, CA  92071. Questions can be directed to project manager Terry Rodgers at (619) 258-4100 ext. 127.

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