LA MESA MEETING AUG. 9 ON FUTURE OF MACARTHUR PARK, EX- GOLF SITE

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East County News Service

August 1, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Community Services Commission will host a public meeting on August 9 at 6 p.m. at La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive) to get community input on proposed uses for MacArthur Park land, including the former Sun Valley Golf Course.

The meeting will identify a draft design for short term park uses with proposed repurposing of the old golf course space, including a jogging/running trail, new access points and more possible amenities such as a 9-hole recreational disc golf course, a dog park and a community garden.

On June 30, operators of the golf course ended the operating agreement, turning the 13 acre space back over to City control. City staff is working to remove and fill holes, do tree and landscaping work, and perform maintenance on the irrigation system. The park is expected to be open to the public as passive open space by mid-August, with additional amenities phased in as partnership agreements are put in place and funding is secured.

The City plans to announce a request for proposals in the near future for a potential public/private partnership for what are currently the clubhouse, putting green and driving range.

As far as the long term future for the entire 22 acre MacArthur Park, the City will contract with a consultant to perform an Opportunities and Constraints Study to look at the property and existing facilities to recommend ideas for its reuse, renovation and increased benefit to the community for park and recreation purposes. Public input will also be a part of the study.