Lake Murray Playground Project

We are a 100% volunteer organization
with a simple goal – to design, fund and rebuild the playground at Lake Murray Community Park.

And we need your help!

On the north shore of Lake Murray, our park and playground are in a great location – and could be an ideal place for families and the community to gather and play. Today, our park is in sad shape –a few pieces of play equipment that are rusty and outdated,

very little shade, and sand that desperately needs to be replaced. The Lake Murray PlaygroundProject plans to change all of that.

On this website you can learn about the project, get updates and sign up to show your support. Be sure to check here for frequent updates on the progress, including artists’ renderings, fundraising updates, and more ways you can get involved!


Lake Murray Playground wins $15,000!

A special thanks goes out to our grant writer, Jennifer McEntee, who has secured a $15,000 grant from KaBOOM! and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. 

Let’s Play Construction Grant will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America.

Thanks for all your hard work Jennifer!






Lake Murray Playground Receives The Largest Donation To Date!

The Lake Murray Playground Project (LMPP) is proud to
announce one of the latest and largest donations to date: $25,000 by the San Diego Half Marathon. 

The San Diego Half Marathon is a nonprofit seeking to promote community-service initiatives and causes that catalyze volunteerism. LMPP -- an all-volunteer non-profit that raised, designed and will build a City of San Diego playground -- is proud of this recognition and generous contribution.

“I have been overwhelmed with the community support for the playground,” said Tracy Dahlkamp, who co-chairs the LMPP. “The San Diego Half Marathon has provided that final push to give our community their dream playground.” 

The donation brings LMPP’s donations to date to more than $210,000. A community-build of the new city playground is tentatively planned for July.


The newest neighborhood destination for play: the new city playground at Lake Murray Community Park.

With the completion of surfacing, final equipment installations and safety inspections in recent weeks, the chain-link fences that encircled the new playground were removed on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 12th, just as neighborhood children were getting out of school. The playground soon filled with happy kids running, jumping, sliding, climbing, swinging and spinning on the new play equipment.

“It really is a dream come true,” said Tracy Dahlkamp, chair of the Lake Murray Playground Project committee, which worked in the community for more than three years to design and fund the nature-inspired playground on Lake Murray’s north shore.

An official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new playground is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14th. Invited guests include Mayor Jerry Sanders, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Councilmember Marti Emerald, Councilmember-elect Scott Sherman, San Diego Parks and Recreation staff, playground sponsors and donors, community council representatives, and neighborhood families. Refreshments will be served.

The new playground is designed for accessibility and challenging playtime. The modern and colorful design includes sail shades, Lake Murray-themed panels, two massive climbing rocks, a rock wall, swings, a variety of slides and monkey bars, spring toys, and a spinner seat.

In addition to a completed sidewalk loop, the new playground also features inscribed pavers donated by a number of families and businesses. Due to renewed demand for the personalized pavers, the Lake Murray Playground Project committee has opted to offer a second round of paver sales, with proceeds to fund other future improvements at the park such as shade trees and additional seating. Pavers can be purchased directly through the Lake Murray Playground Project website.

Lake Murray playground open for play!!

Official ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Nov. 14th

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