Civic San Diego has received more than $600,000 in an urban grant from the California Strategic Growth Council to complete the Southcrest Trails Park in the Southeast San Diego communities of Southcrest and Shelltown.
The grant, which came from funds approved by voters in Proposition 84, fills the final funding gap for this project.
The Southcrest Trails Park will provide an additional 2.3 acres of park space for the Southcrest and Shelltown communities and will include 2 acres of drought tolerant native trees and plants, an exercise trail, picnic areas, an amphitheater, drinking fountains, a basketball half court, a skate park and gazebos.
The park will also link these neighborhoods to regional bicycle facilities and the Dorothy Petway Park along a revitalized Chollas Creek open space system.
Civic San Diego will coordinate the completion of construction documents, advertise for a qualified contractor and then oversee construction of the park.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2015, with the park opening to the public in 2016.
“This is great news for the Southcrest and Shelltown communities,” said Councilmember Marti Emerald, in a statement. “This part of our city has been lacking safe and usable park space for too long, and the Southcrest Trails Park is an important step forward in our effort to increase the amount of green space available to our residents.”
In 2006, California voters passed Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act, which authorized the Legislature to appropriate funds to support urban greening projects and sustainable community planning.
Civic San Diego was one of 40 successful applicants across the state to receive funds from the third and final round of Proposition 84 funding.