San Diego has found a faster and cheaper way to open parks in neighborhoods that lack them, including many older communities and lower-income areas south of Interstate 8.
Through a partnership with the San Diego Unified School District over the next five years, the city is building 32 new joint-use parks on school campuses that will be open to the public on weekends and during weekday hours when schools aren’t in session.
The parks, three of which have already opened, are cheaper for the city because the school district is covering the bulk of construction costs from the Proposition Z facilities bond.
The program, called “Play All Day,” will also allow parks to be built much faster because the biggest hurdle the city typically faces, especially in parks-deficient communities, is finding available land in suitable locations.
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