Where is the Lake Murray Community Park


On the far left-hand corner of the large grass field at Lake Murray Community Park in the San Diego community of San Carlos. The park is located on the north shore of Lake Murray, adjacent to Mission Trails Regional Park, Mission Trails Golf Course, the San Carlos Little League baseball and Navajo softball fields. This Google map gives an approximate location.


There’s a playground there already.

What’s wrong with it?             

Recent years have seen the deterioration of the play equipment. Faulty pieces have been removed. The three pieces that remain — a swing set, a tot-sized structure, and a twisting slide — are rusting, with peeling paint and graffiti.

And because the equipment doesn’t meet standards for modern playground safety and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the city will make only limited repairs before removing these pieces, too.

What will this cost?

Because this process is new, we haven’t finalized a budget. There are many factors to consider, including ADA-required upgrades; removal of old equipment and sand; what kind of new equipment to purchase; the cost of labor; and what can be donated. We’ll post more information as it becomes available.

Who will cover the cost?

Through donations from corporations, charitable foundations and individuals, the Lake Murray Playground Project could be entirely community funded. We are also working with the City of San Diego to identify any potential grants or government funding. 


Has this been attempted before in San Diego?

Yes.  According to Park and Recreation Department officials, the city has had several successful partnerships with community groups in upgrading play areas in our parks. The most recent was in Mission Hills Neighborhood Park.  At Mission Hills, the community raised $115,000 to replace the old equipment and upgrade the play area to meet ADA accessibility requirements.  The playground at Kellogg Park in La Jolla was also recently revamped with community support.


Is there a timeline in mind?

Assuming all the pieces fall into place, the steering committee for the Lake Murray Playground Project would like children to be playing on the new playground on June 1, 2012.

What can I do to help?

Anything and everything. We need ideas, volunteers, funding, support and more. Start by sending us your contact information and let us know how you might like to help. Thank you.