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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mast Park Master Plan Advances

Thursday, August 18, 2011

For the second time this year, the city reached out to the public to provide feedback on a series of proposed designs aimed at making Mast Park more enjoyable and safe for families.

A public workshop was held Aug. 17 at City Hall to review three design schemes developed by Schmidt Design Group, an award-winning landscape architectural firm hired by the city. (In photo: Glen Schmidt, landscape architect)

One alternative favored by attendees would increase parking, but still retain the rustic, open space character of the park. A paved loop trail nearly a mile long would circle the park. The off-leash dog park would be divided into two sections, one for small dogs and the other for big dogs. The public asked the city to consider a more stable surface, such as decomposed granite, for the dog park. A new restroom and additional picnic pavilions suitable for family gatherings would be constructed. Play areas for children would be improved and expanded. Exercise equipment for teens and adults would be added, and a walkway to connect the park to the San Diego River was proposed.

Funding for this project has been assisted by a Healthy Communities Planning Grant from the San Diego Association of Governments.  The grant is a component of Healthy WorksSM, a countywide initiative promoting wellness and addressing the nationwide obesity epidemic.

To view a video summary of the public workshop click HERE.  

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