SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - After years of waiting, North Park is finally close to getting an urban park in the heart of the community.
The North Park Mini Park will feature play structures, art, a stage for music, food carts, and lots of trees. It will be located in a vacant lot at the intersection of North Park Way and 29th, behind The Observatory.
The plan was approved in 2012 and is part of the City's effort to bring more green space to a community severely lacking it.
"I think it will be a good thing because it will bring more people around this area, but I'm thinking about the parking and stuff also," said Shannon M. Brown, owner of Stern's Gym for the last 26 years.
The Mini Park plan does call for reduced street parking while taking advantage of an underutilized parking garage nearby.
"North Park has changed so much, and it's growing so fast, and I think we are behind in trying to deal with it. Where a lot of the businesses around here suffer, but I'm hoping that it all works out for the business, for the Parks And Rec, and for the community," said Brown.
The City is accepting bids for the project and hopes to open the park to the public by the winter of 2020.
The project is already funded, through a combination of developer funding, old redevelopment funds, and old park funds.