Mira Mesa’s park problem explained… I hope!

Al Radick <><><> January 1, 2018

I’ve been involved with the MMRC for going on 20 years and It has been my experience that there is always some confusion or misunderstanding amongst the general population and the MMRC about the public parks in Mira Mesa. No wonder, it’s a complex issue with constantly moving pieces.

Currently we do have twelve (12) functional parks, three (3) of them are in some stage of a project that will expand, renovate and make them more functional for all of us. Those three (3) projects are currently known as Maddox/Salk, Walker/Wangenheim and Mira Mesa Phases 1, 2 & 3. When these projects are completed in 1-6 years there will be a total of about 149 acres of park land in Mira Mesa.

Mira Mesa currently has about 76,000 people. When the community is totally built out the population may well be as much as 95,000 people.

In accordance with the City of San Diego’s General Plan, we should have 2.8 acres of park land per thousand people which means that today we should have approx. 212 acres of park land. We actually have about 149 acres of park land, that’s fully 63 acres or 30% less than we should have, something that many of us are painfully aware of!

When Mira Mesa is totally built out, with about 95,000 people, we should have about 266 acres of park land or about 120 more acres than we have today. It’s true that some or all of this deficit could be eliminated as new additional parks are completed and made available for public use, especially those in the the combined Carroll Canyon developments.

As you peruse the following chart please keep in mind that ALL twelve parks have a children’s playground. The eight largest have or will have public restrooms.

And, yes, I’ve over used “about” & “approx.”, that’s because there are so many moving pieces that must be accommodated. Sorry about that!

Approx. acreage of Mira Mesa’s twelve (12) Parks

Hourglass Field ………….. 31.0 Acres. (All Joint Use)

Mira Mesa …………………… 28.0

Walker/Wangenheim……. 15.1 (All Joint Use)

Camino Ruiz ………………. 10.3

Breen …………………………. 8.7

Lopez Ridge ……………….. 8.4

Maddox/Salk ………………. 8.1 + 4 acres of Joint Use.

Westview ……………………. 7.0 + 3/10 (0.3) acre of Joint Use

Mesa Viking ………………… 7.0 + 5 acres of Joint Use.

Mesa Verde …………………. 4.0 + 1 acre of Joint Use

Sandburg ……………………. 4.8

McAuliffe …………………….. 4.5 + 4 inaccessible undeveloped acres.

Approx. TOTAL: 149 Acres

Not including – the inaccessible acreage at McAuliffe Park or the proposed Joint Use of Sandburg School. We’re waiting for SDUSD to “show us the money” before the Sandburg project can become a reality.

Not including – the proposed and undeveloped new Canyon Hills Resource Park which may get built in the next 20-30 years.

Not including – the possible new parks that may be built in the proposed Carroll Canyon Developments within the next 5-20 years.

Al Radick
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