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Mayor Gloria and city leaders cut the ribbon for the $5 million North Park Mini-Park

Aerial view of North Park mini-park. Photo via Facebook by North Park Business & Neighborhood Foundation

The City of San Diego will officially open the North Park Mini Park to residents of the North Park community at 10 a.m. Sunday with speeches from elected officials followed by a free community event.

Mayor Todd Gloria will cut the ribbon for the new park, which was approved in 2012. He will be joined by Assemblyman Chris Ward, D-San Diego and Councilman Stephen Whitburn. After the inauguration, there will be food trucks, a children’s music program and other concerts.

The $5 million, 21,780 square foot mini-park and plaza transforms a parking lot behind the site of the former historic North Park Theater, now known as the Observatory. Space upgrades include a musical play area, performance stage, seating areas with tables, chairs and benches, improved lighting, wayfinding pylons, bike racks, a fountain drinking water and improved landscaping and irrigation.

The park was approved a decade ago, and the city began soliciting construction bids in 2019.

Two other mini-parks have been developed in San Diego in 2021: the La Paz mini-park – which will turn a vacant land lot into green space in Valencia Park and is expected to be completed in mid-2022 – started in May; and the J Street Mini Park in the Stockton district reopened in October after extensive upgrades.

Last year, Gloria launched the “Parks for Us All” initiative, updating the city’s parks master plan to prioritize park improvements in parkless and historically underserved communities, aimed at help fund more projects like this in the future.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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