Harborside Park Dedication
Saturday, April 29
11 am - 2 pm
Shoot some hoops, throw a Frisbee and watch the kids get artsy! The neighborhood is invited to celebrate when Harborside Park, the first new park built in western Chula Vista in more than 25 years, is dedicated Saturday, April 29.
Harborside Park is a five-acre breath of fresh air for residents along Oxford Street-- a place for family picnics, skateboarding or a game of basketball. Residents played a major role in helping City staff design the park and as a result, Harborside offers everything from picnic areas and monkey bars to a unique outdoor classroom for students at the nearby Harborside Elementary School. In addition, the park boasts two basketball courts, two playgrounds, a skateboard area, a gazebo, and a multi-purpose field.
Construction on the five-acre site began last June. Located along the north side of Oxford Street between Broadway and Industrial Boulevard, Harborside Park is the first public park with a master plan developed in-house by City staff.
“Parents and the community wanted a park with more than just athletic fields,” said Mayor Stephen C. Padilla. “They envisioned a place that was family friendly.” “It was a great opportunity for staff to create something from nothing as well as gain valuable experience working with residents and community leaders in the neighborhood,” noted General Services Director Jack Griffin. “The City team did a fantastic job of developing a masterplan that incorporated the most important elements suggested by people in the community.”
Students from nearby Harborside Elementary are more than willing to do their share to keep the park clean. They were the first in line to “adopt” the new park; so once a week, a class will be assigned to scour the five-acre site to do some light clean up.
“It’s our neighborhood park,” said Harborside Principal Olga West. “And I really want to get the families and students to take ownership. One way to do that is to care for the park. We’re setting the stage for how we want the community to value this park.”
Four other new parks are opening in the City this spring. All of them are in eastern Chula Vista and are paid for with developer fees. Harborside Park is funded by the City’s Western Chula Vista Infrastructure Financing Program, a multi-million dollar effort focused on west side improvements.
Dedication ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. and the celebration continues until 2 p.m.
Harborside Park is located at 670 Oxford Street.