By Miriam Raftery
September 24, 2017 (La Mesa) — On August 9th, La Mesa residents filled the community center to share their ideas for revamping MacArthur Park, the former Sun Valley Golf Course site. The city is committed to keeping the area as a public park and unveiled a map where citizens could post colored dots and comments to show which ideas they favored or not, and why.
Residents also shared their ideas on options such as a walking/jogging path, dog park, community garden, butterfly habitat, Frisbee golf, bocce ball, pickle ball, picnic tables, restaurant or snack bar, additional park entrances, and more.
Many ideas were met with enthusiasm, though some residents voiced concerns over parking in nearby streets if a new entrance at Pine Street is created. Keeping the park safe was also a priority voiced and a proposal was made to have a park ranger live on site.
If you have ideas on what you’d like to see in the revitalized park, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parks and Recreation crews have been busy filling in holes from the former golf course, trimming trees and greening up the park.
On October 7th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, you can join a “Reclaim MacArthur Park” day with special team-building events. View a flyer for how you can help and sign up: http://www.cityoflamesa.us/specialevents http://lamesaparks.org/
This story is based on city documents and neighborhood online forum comments.