Closed for 16 months, the Tecolote Shores North playground at the Mission Bay park reopened Saturday after a $3.8 million renovation, complete with modern play areas for children, various exercise equipment for adults and better facilities to accommodate park goers and people with disabilities.
The premiere of the redeveloped San Diego city attraction, designed by local firm Schmidt Design Group, was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Todd Gloria and Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell.
“From the new playground to the exercise equipment, it’s wonderful. The children are delighted. It is a good signal. When the children like it, it means we have done a good job,” said Gloria. “My commitment to all of you is to continue investing in the infrastructure of the neighborhood. We are an amazing city. We have a magnificent quality of life. But it only gets better when we have high-quality infrastructure.”
Just south of the Mission Bay Resort in eastern Mission Bay, Tecolote Shores North had been closed for construction since July 2021. The new park replaces a large area of sand with outdated fixtures. On Saturday, locals and tourists alike were introduced to a kite-themed, 34,000-square-foot playground with facilities for people of all ages and abilities.
Kids’ play areas feature standard features like rope ladders, swings, and slides, though with modern touches. There are also rotating seats, obstacle zones and sensory toys. The adult section features outdoor elliptical machines, parallel bars, gymnastics bars, and a climbing rope. An adjacent area with multiple tightropes is intended to entertain risk seekers while preventing amateurs from tying the ropes to trees.
Other park improvements include landscaping and irrigation renovation, security lighting, restroom upgrades, construction of an ADA-compliant trail, and parking lot resurfacing.
The improvements were funded by the Mission Bay Park Improvement Fund, which was established by a 2008 ballot initiative and amended by Measure J in 2016. The fund receives a portion of rental income from tenants from Mission Bay Park, including SeaWorld, hotels and restaurants.
“That built a multi-million dollar program for the Mission Bay park, and that multi-million dollar program brought multiple projects to improve a variety of deferred maintenance issues in the park, specifically considering playgrounds, paved parking lots, accessibility improvements and restroom improvements. said Andy Field, who is the director of the San Diego parks department.
With Tecolote Shores North completed, the city is turning its attention to Tecolote Shores South. Work is expected to begin in the coming weeks and be completed by May 2023. The total cost for both phases is $8.38 million, the city said.