Opinion: San Diego does not follow park development as housing infill

Parks must be included as the population grows

Re “Consultant: San Diego Expected to Spend $ 213 Million on Park Repairs and Upgrades; 28 parks are in poor condition ”(October 17): I so envy these communities whose 60 parks need repairs. They have an open space; 80 percent of them are 1 to 14 acre parks. San Diego used to mandate 2.8 acres of parkland per 1,000 people. College Area residents share a single 1.5-acre city park with tables.

Our population, especially near San Diego State University, is exploding with student apartments and secondary suites and junior ADUs replacing single-family homes.

Many properties have a four bedroom ADU, a three to six bedroom house, and sometimes one to two bedrooms in a garage. Ten rooms accommodating more than 10 adults replacing a family of four impact all infrastructure, with open space being a key element. The city encourages slum conditions: dense populations without open space (less and less than a meter).

Shouldn’t a new outdoor R&R space take priority over improving park equipment?

College Area residents go to the parks but have to drive a car to do so, and we are not alone. Density and climate action mandates demand new parks.

Ann cottrell
College district

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