Update on Visuals: Approximately 100 students will be jogging adjacent to the site as part of the school's "Run for Your Life" program.
From: Reed-Porter Cynthia
Sent: Saturday, May 07, 2016 2:54 PM
Subject: MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified School District and City of San Diego Ground on McKinley Elementary School Joint-use Park
MEDIA ADVISORY from San Diego Unified School District -- May 6, 2016
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, 619-546-3378 (mobile)
San Diego Unified School District and City of San Diego Break Ground on McKinley Elementary School Joint-use Park
WHAT: San Diego Unified School District's Superintendent Cindy Marten, Board Trustee Richard Barrera and the City of San Diego's Councilmember Todd Gloria will join students, parents and community members at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new McKinley Elementary School Joint-use Park in the North Park Community.
WHEN: Monday, May 9; 8 to 8:30 a.m.
WHERE: McKinley Elementary School, 3045 Felton St., San Diego, CA 92104 (south side of the campus) Media parking will be available on site. Call Cynthia Reed-Porter at 619-546-3378 (mobile) for assistance in accessing the site. (A mult box won't be available.)
VISUALS: Ceremonial breaking of ground, construction equipment, district/city leaders speaking to students, parents and community members
GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: San Diego Unified School District Board Trustee Richard Barrera, City of San Diego Council Member Todd Gloria, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten.
PROJECT OVERVIEW: The joint-use park is an approximately 1.34-acre site at McKinley Elementary School. The improvements include natural grass turf, new trees and other landscaping, irrigation, a baseball backstop, an expanded asphalt-concrete play area with play court markings and a decomposed granite running path. There will be concrete paving for accessibility, security gates and fencing, renovation of site walls, stairs and ramps as required. Construction begins May 9, 2016, and is expected to be complete in fall 2016. The more than $2.1 million project is funded by San Diego Unified's Proposition Z, the school district's bond measure passed by voters in 2012. The district is developing the park, and the city will maintain it.
This project supports the district's goal to create quality neighborhood schools and the city's Play All Day initiative. The facility will enhance physical and outdoor education opportunities for students, while providing recreational, social and cultural benefits for the community. The joint-use park was conceptually designed in conjunction with the community and within the guidelines of the city's North Park Community Plan.
BACKGROUND: The City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District have been cooperating in the development of numerous joint-use recreational facilities for more than 60 years. To date, the city uses more than 280 acres of school district property for more than 70 joint-use fields/parks. The facilities are used by the schools during school hours, then opened to the community after school, on weekends and during school breaks. Under the new Play All Day Park Program, the city and district recently committed to developing more than 30 additional joint-use fields/parks during the next five to 10 years.
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Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor l Communications Office l San Diego Unified School District Mobile phone: 619-546-3378 l E-mail: email@example.com
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