Construction begins on new McKinley Elementary School Joint-use Park

Posted: Friday, May 13th 2016

Construction begins on new McKinley Elementary School Joint-use Park

Superintendent Cindy Marten, Board Trustee Richard Barrera and the City Councilmember Todd Gloria joined Principal Debra Ganderton, students, parents and community members at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new McKinley Elementary School Joint-use Park in the North Park Community.  The May 9 event marked the beginning of construction on the new joint-use park that’s 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 walls, stairs and ramps as required. Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2016. The more than $2.1 million construction project is funded by San Diego Unified’s Proposition Z, the school district’s bond measure passed by voters in 2012. As part of the joint-use agreement between the city and the school district, the park is being constructed by the district, 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. Once it’s completed, the joint-use park will enhance outdoor and physical education opportunities for students, while providing recreational, social and cultural benefits for the community. The park was designed in with a great deal of community and within the guidelines of the city's North Park Community Plan.

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, which 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. 

For information on this project, you’re welcome to send an email to or call 858-637-3604. For information regarding joint-use facilities, please email Randy White, real estate supervisor, at or call the district’s Real Estate Department at 619-725-7529.

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