the project

        THE GOAL

The vision is to create a play space and park that are fun, beautiful and welcoming – a place for neighbors, friends and the community to gather and enjoy. The ideas to improve Lake Murray Community Park include: new play equipment (geared toward all ages), more shade (on the playground and beyond), completion of a sidewalk to encompass the entire park, new playground surfacing, increased seating and gathering areas, and more!

         PROPOSED PLAYGROUND DESIGN


To complement the natural beauty of Mission Trails and Lake Murray, the design plans use natural colors and textures and will include manufactured rocks and boulders for climbing.  There will be a smaller play structure for the young children (2-5yrs old) with understructure imaginative play, ladders, and a number of slides for that free play they so much enjoy. The large play structure, for the older ones (5+ yrs), incoporates a great deal of overhead challenges, turning bars, challenging climbing elements, tall slides, and MORE!  Did you also notice the abudance shade in our design?? Our biggest community wish is shade, shade and more shade! Outside of the playground design, you will also see the plans to include concrete walking loop along the perimeter of the park for the entire community to enjoy.

        PLAYGROUND:  GREAT LOCATION - NEEDED WORK

       

The Lake Murray Community Park has a wonderful location: on the corner of a large grassy field on the north side of Lake Murray.  The field is popular for recreational sports and we hope it will once again be the venue for the Fourth of July Lake Murray Music Fest and Fireworks.

It’s near the Mission Trails Regional Park, Lake Murray Tennis Club, the San Carlos Little League and Navajo Girls Softball fields, and Mission Trails Golf Course.

An old real estate agent says to buy the worst house in the best neighborhood.  If the same is true of playgrounds, the Lake Murray Community Park is the ideal fixer-upper.  After years of neglect, play equipment has been removed piece by piece.  The swing set had rusted chains, a toddler-sized structure had peeling paint and rusted old  twisting slide was marked with graffiti.  The sand at the playground was unsanitary, and was littered with weeds and bits of trash.

The equipment was outdated and didn’t comply with the standards established by the Americans with Disabilities Act – making it inaccessible for some of our neighbors.

        CONTACT


Lake Murray Playground Project
PO Box 191053
San Diego, CA 92159

If you have any questions about the Lake Murray Playground Project, please send them to: info@lakemurrayplaygroundproject.org.

Marilyn Olson – Co-Chair

Tracy Dahlkamp – Co-Chair


     MISSION STATEMENT

       


The Lake Murray Playground Project is a collaborative effort of parents, children, grandparents and community leaders working together to design, fund, rebuild, and then maintain the playground at Lake Murray Community Park. Our goal is to create a play space and park that are fun, beautiful and welcoming A place for neighbors and friends to gather and enjoy. 


Location:  7001 Murray Park Dr.   San Diego, CA   92119

      STEERING COMMITTEE

To drive the project forward, we have formed a Steering Committee.  With consent from the City of San Diego’s Park and Recreation Department, we have been meeting with community groups, playground equipment manufacturers and potential donors to figure out how we can replace the deteriorating, outdated equipment with a playground that will serve as an attractive and fun gathering place for the neighborhoods it serves.


       HISTORY

The playground at San Diego’s Lake Murray Community Park was originally used as a softball field. When new softball fields were constructed in the early 1990s, the community opted to convert the old softball infield into a playground.

The playground at one time had nine pieces of brightly hued play equipment for children of all ages, including multiple slides, a seesaw and spring-mounted riding toys.

Recent years have seen the deterioration of the play equipment. Faulty pieces have been removed by the City of San Diego due to safety concerns, while those that remain have received the occasional coat of paint.  The three pieces that remain — a swing set, a tot-sized structure, and a twisting slide — have rust, peeling and faded paint, and graffiti. click here to view photos of the current condition of the playground

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.

The Lake Murray Playground Project was launched in 2009 by concerned neighbors who want to create a wonderful space for local children to play and for the community to gather and enjoy.

  1. Tracy Dahlkamp – Co-Chair

  2. Tracy Canepa

  3. Mathew Kostrinsky

  4. Jeremy Ledford

  5. Jennifer McEntee

  6. Marilyn Olson – Co-Chair

  7. Robert Hotz

  8. Melissa DeMarco

  9. Jay Wilson

        CONTACT


Lake Murray Playground Project
PO Box 191053
San Diego, CA 92159

If you have any questions about the Lake Murray Playground Project, please send them to: info@lakemurrayplaygroundproject.org.

Marilyn Olson – Co-Chair

Tracy Dahlkamp – Co-Chair


What it used to look like...