Councilman unveils Mira Mesa park expansion plan

SAN DIEGO - A delayed expansion of Mira Mesa Community Park got a kick start Thursday by a city councilman who unveiled a plan to use funds from developers and community organizations.

The $25 million expansion will include construction of an aquatics center and pool, renovation of ball-fields, construction of a skate park, replacement and expansion of play areas, construction of a decomposed granite jogging path and beautification along New Salem Street, according to Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, who represents the area.

The money will come from new developments in the community built by Garden Communities Inc. and Vulcan Materials Corp., DeMaio said. Area community groups would pay for programming, he said.

"Despite the city's budget crisis, this park project shows how we can provide neighborhoods better services if we embrace innovation and partnerships in how the city delivers its services,'' DeMaio said.

He said Mira Mesa, with about 80,000 residents, has long suffered from a "parks deficit.''