Mid-City Unleashed – rally for our off-leash dog park!

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Mid-City Unleashed – rally for our off-leash dog park!

Normal Heights Community Association presents this rally to show support for a 24,000 SqFt off-leash dog park off Adams Avenue that is awaiting funding. The park is part of the redevelopment plan for Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park and has already been approved by the city of San Diego.

Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park is an existing 5.20 acre park located adjacent to Normal Heights Elementary School at Adams Avenue and 40th Street in the Normal Heights Community. The Proposed General Development Plan Amendment includes adding approximately 0.68 acres of City owned land and approximately 0.86 acres of land within 40th Street / Caltrans easement for park use.

When: Sunday, Feb. 15, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Where: Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park (on Adams Avenue between 39th and 40th streets, Normal Heights)

There will be a pet adoption area sponsored by the San Diego Human Society, giveaways and more. Dogs are welcome (on a leash).

What’s at Stake

24,000 SqFt Off-Leash Dog Park
Ward Canyon dog park would serve Normal Heights, City Heights, Kensington, Talmadge, and other communities.

11,300 SqFt Community Garden
Community gardens allow families and individuals without land of their own the opportunity to produce food, and teach children gardening skills and awareness of where food comes from, improve children’s knowledge of nutrition, promote healthy eating habits, and provide opportunities for exercise and a quality outdoor experience. Community gardens also can bring people together from a wide variety of backgrounds (age, race, culture, social class).

Expansion of Park area
Normal Heights community could lose some park space after the the proposed construction of Adams Elementary and Global Visions Academy is going through, which would reduce the playing area, a blacktop owned by Adams Elementary, by approximately 3,000 square feet. General Plan Standard states that Normal Heights has just less than 15 percent of the park space it should have. So adding 0.68 acres to Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park is essential to our community.

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North Mountain View Mini Park. This is a cute park but we need a lot more park space!

Multi-purpose court
Full size basketball court(84’X50′) and volleyball court (60’X30′).

Improvement Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park
Proposed amenities within the park include open lawn areas, community building, two new parking lots, shade structure with picnic tables, entry trellis, prefabricated ADA accessible pedestrian bridge, three par course exercise stations, new concrete walkways, site walls, security fencing, security lighting, benches, drinking fountains, and landscape improvements.


This project was approved by the city about 10 years ago. Hopefully this project to be included in the next fiscal budget after successful “Mid-City Unleashed”!

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