A San Diego City Councilmember is advocating for full funding for a new community park in Ocean View Hills to be named after the highest-ranking Filipino officer with the San Diego Police Department.
District Eight Councilmember David Alvarez – along with residents and community members – wants a 20-acre community park developed in Ocean View Hills.
The project has been in the works for 13 years and was included in the Alvarez/Cole/Emerald FY2016 budget priorities memo as the councilmember continues to work to get funding for the park.
The space was formerly named Pacific Breezes Park. In its new life, the park would be renamed Cesar Solis Park after retired SDPD Assistant Chief Cesar Solis, a Filipino-American officer who served 32 years on the force through last March. Solis is a native of District 8.
The park would be located at 4919 Del Sol Boulevard, between Vista Del Mar Elementary School and Ocean View Hills School.
According to Alvarez, Ocean View Hills currently has no community park to serve its more than 6,000 residents. Roughly $5 million is needed to fund the construction of Cesar Solis Park, which would include lighted softball fields, playground areas, a concession stand, storage, off-street parking, turf area, picnic shelters, benches, drinking fountain and storm water detention areas.
“Council District Eight has been deficient in park space for years, and residents are tired of waiting for improvements in their neighborhoods,” stated Alvarez in a press release Wednesday. “I have expressed the need for this park to the Mayor and my fellow City Council members on multiple occasions during the past year because this park is a top budget priority.”
Felipe Nuno, Ocean View Hills Recreation Council Chair and resident, said the community is urging Mayor Faulconer to provide the funding for the “shovel-ready project” for fiscal year 2016.
A website for Cesar Solis Park was launched Wednesday. For more information on the park project, click here.