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Mayor Bob Filner pledges to build City Heights skatepark

City Heights residents gathered at Cherokee Point Elementary School to demand a new skatepark and more safe places to exercise in City Heights.

City Heights residents gathered at Cherokee Point Elementary School to demand a new skatepark
and more safe places to exercise in City Heights.
Photo by Adam Ward

By San Diego’s guidelines City Heights is 100 acres short of park space.

That number is in stark contrast to Health Equity by Design’s report that “Within seven square miles of City Heights, there are nearly 60 fast food restaurants, 40 convenience stores and 120 liquor vendors.”

Residents want a skatepark and more safe places to exercise. On December 6 they came together in a rally sponsored by Mid-City CAN Youth Council and Cherokee Point Elementary School.

City officials were listening.

Newly sworn in Mayor Bob Filnersaid a skatepark should be a priority.

“We have a budget in our City of San Diego of 3 billion dollars,” said Mayor Filner (photo by Phuc Nguyen, left). “That’s a lot of money. If we can’t find the money to do this, we should pack up.

Later Filner used his Spanish language skills to create a new motto for the effort.

“Skate se puede,” he said.

Se puede is a Spanish phrase that translates roughly to “We can do it.”

The President of San Diego Unified School District's Board of Education also pledged his full support.

“Know that you’ve got the support of the entire school district the entire school board,” said Richard Barrera

“Our schools are open to you to do your planning and your visioning,” he said. “We support you 100 percent.”

The event was the culmination of a yearlong campaign by the Mid-City CAN Youth Council to bring a skate park to City Heights.

The Youth Council unveiled its preferred location for a skatepark in City Heights – in the empty lot across from the Copley YMCA, where 38th Street dead ends.

“Mid-City CAN and the Youth Council are fighting for more green space in City Heights so that teens and children have a safe place to exercise,” said Diana Ross, collaborative director of Mid-City Community Advocacy Network.

 

 

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