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City to complete $27.3 million worth of recreation projects in coming year

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San Diego residents will soon have more places to slide into sandboxes and toss Frisbees, due to construction of new parks.

The city of San Diego has identified $524 million in needs for capital improvement projects related to parks and recreation, but plans to complete only $27.3 million worth of projects during fiscal year 2010.

New projects include playing fields, community centers and open space.

Among the largest projects the city will undertake in 2010 are Hickman Fields in Kearny Mesa, Hourglass Field House in Mira Mesa and Carmel Valley Community Park.

Kearny Mesa will soon boast a large new park. Construction is expected to begin during fiscal year 2010 on a $31.4 million undertaking to build multipurpose fields, a recreation building and a swimming pool all located on a 44-acre site.

Mira Mesa is set to get a new recreation center. Hourglass Field Community Park offers a gymnasium, shower and locker facilities, multipurpose rooms and meeting rooms. Situated between Miramar College and Wangenheim Middle School, the fields and field house will be used for a variety of educational purposes as well as recreation for the community.

Construction of the field house at Hourglass Park began in 2007 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

The city also has plans to open a 15-acre community park located in the Carmel Valley and Torrey Hills neighborhoods. Carmel Valley Community Park South will include a $5.8 million 16,347-square-foot recreation building. Both the building and park are expected to be completed during fiscal year 2010. The park site, which will include landscaped recreation areas, cost a total of $13.57 million.

Another large project in the works is the expansion of the Dorothy Petway Park in Southeastern San Diego. Plans include adding 5.8 acres to the park's current 2.7. The park will include picnic shelters, a children's play area, hard courts, walkways, fencing, an amphitheater, open turf areas and security lighting. Design of the park began in early 2009 and is expected to be completed in 2010. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2010 and be completed in 2011.

The project is located in the Southcrest neighborhood in the former Highway 252 corridor.

North County skater boys and girls will rejoice the opening of Carmel Valley Skate Park during the coming fiscal year. The 33,000-square-foot park includes 13,500 square feet of skating space, a concessions booth and restroom building. The park will also be lighted for nighttime use. Construction began in 2009 and completion is expected in 2010. The park cost a total of $3.2 million and will require a $150,000 operating budget each year.

Other notable parks expected to be opened by the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department during fiscal year 2010 include Mt. Hope Cemetery, Ocean Air Recreation Center and Park (formerly Carmel Valley South Recreation Center), Naval Training Center Liberty Station, fields at Alice Birney Elementary School and Roosevelt Middle School and Hilltop Community Park.

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