MAYOR’S ‘PLAY ALL DAY’ INITIATIVE WITH SCHOOL DISTRICT ADDS NEW & UPGRADED JOINT-USE PARKS
FOR SAN DIEGANS TO ENJOY
San Diego – Building on his pledge to break ground on or upgrade 50 parks in five years, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced that he is expanding his successful “Play All Day” initiative to bring an additional 15 parks to neighborhoods across the city.
The “Play All Day” partnership between the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District is designed to maximize public resources and increase the amount of city park space, particularly in urban communities. The parks are used by the school system during the day and remain open to the community after school hours.
“All San Diegans deserve a quality park in their community, no matter where they live,” Mayor Faulconer said. “By expanding our investment in neighborhood parks, we are improving the quality of life of families and children across the city. This is important partnership with the school district is helping to build better neighborhoods and futures for everyone.”
During his 2016 State of the City address, Mayor Faulconer announced a program to break ground on or upgrade 50 parks over the next five years. Thirty of those parks were scheduled to be shared city/school parks that remain open for community residents after the school day ends thanks to the “Play All Day” program. Mayor Faulconer today committed to expanding the number of parks in the program to 45. Under the expanded program, new joint-use facilities will offer a natural turf multi-purpose field, a walking track and trees.
“San Diego Unified is proud to partner with the City of San Diego to increase park spaces for San Diego residents and students alike. This is how to maximize taxpayer dollars — Improving schools and neighborhoods by working together,” said San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten. “From local taxpayers to students and the neighbors of our schools, the Play All Day program is a testament to the spirit of teamwork here in San Diego and San Diego Unified looks forward to building many more at our schools.”
“Play All Day” projects are funded through Propositions S and Z, bond measures for capital improvement projects to repair, renovate and revitalize school sites. SDUSD uses a portion of these funds to construct new turf fields at school sites within the City’s jurisdiction. SDUSD retains the land and the City provides assistance maintaining the sites.
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