Friday, April 25, 2014

UPDATED Media Advisory: Mayor and Superintendent Dedicate New Joint-use Playfield Monday (see added visuals)

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District and City of San Diego

MAYOR AND SUPERINTENDENT DEDICATE NEW JOINT-USE PLAYFIELD: City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District Celebrate Opening of New Multipurpose Field at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School in Balboa Park

WHAT: For the first time in their new positions, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten will dedicate a joint-use multipurpose field shared by the city and the school district. Joining them for the official celebration at Theodore Roosevelt Middle School are Council President Todd Gloria, Board of Education Trustee Richard Barrera, Principal Arturo Cabello, students, parents, school staff and community members.

WHEN: Monday, April 28 – 9:30 to 10 a.m. (rain or shine)

WHERE: Roosevelt Middle School joint-use field, 3366 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104 (field on west side of campus). Media parking will be available on site, enter gate off Robinson Street. Call Cynthia Reed-Porter at 619-546-3378 (mobile) for site map and/or assistance in accessing the site. Due to the location, a mult box will not be available.

VISUALS: San Diego High School Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps color guard presenting the colors, Roosevelt Middle School band and student soloist perform, and ribbon-cutting ceremony immediately following remarks by guest speakers. ALL ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS (900) ATTEND CEREMONY AND ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADING TEAM PERFORM.

GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Superintendent Cindy Marten, Council President Todd Gloria, Board Trustee Richard Barrera, and Principal Arturo Cabello. Others available for interviews: Andy Field, interim director of the city's Park and Recreation Dept.; and Lee Dulgeroff, executive director of the school district's Facilities Planning and Construction division (Propositions S/Z).

BACKGROUND: The 2.2 acre project features a natural turf multipurpose field, perimeter walkway, non-turfed area, a designated disabled parking space on Upas St. and an accessible pathway to the school. Located on the western part of the middle school campus, the joint-use facility will be used by the students during school hours and the public during non-school hours. It's scheduled to open to the public on April 28. The cost of this project was nearly $1.2 million, which was funded by school district's Proposition S ($600,000) and the city's Development Impact Fee funds ($590,000). Project partners were Rick Engineering (design) and Palm Engineering and Construction (construction).

The city and school district have a long-standing agreement--established in 1948 and updated in 2002--to maximize shared use of schools and/or park land to mutually benefit the community and school. The facilities shared by the city and the school district include multipurpose turf fields, lighted athletic fields, tennis courts, gymnasiums, parking facilities and libraries. In total, the school district and the city currently have 76 joint-use agreements.


• San Diego Unified School District: Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, Communications Department, 619-546-3378 (mobile),

• City of San Diego: Mario R. Llanos, acting district manager, Balboa Park Operations, 619-235-1124,; or Barry Kelleher, park designer/project manager, Public Works Department, 619-533-5219,

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Cynthia Reed-Porter, Communications Supervisor | Communications Office | San Diego Unified School District
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