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Multi-use field at Jefferson Elementary in North Park to be dedicated Thursday

SAN DIEGO -- North Park residents will now have another park space to use after local officials dedicate the new multipurpose joint-use field at Jefferson Elementary School.

San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Bill Kowba, school board member Richard Barrera, Mayor Jerry Sanders and Councilmember Todd Gloria will be joined by students, parents, school staff and community members on Thursday, April 12, from 10 to 11 am to christen the new field.

Following the ceremony, students will mark the occasion by conducting their annual jog-a-thon fund-raiser, to raise money for field trips, on the new turf field.

The one-acre field located on the southern part of the school campus is a joint-use facility that will be used by the students during school hours and the public during non-school hours. The improvements include a new multi-sport field using synthetic turf, parking and accessibility for people with physical disabilities.

The cost of the project was more than $1.1 million, which was funded by school district's Proposition S bond program. Construction began in November 2011, and was completed in January 2012.

Established in 1948, and updated in 2002, the city and the school district have a long-standing agreement to maximize shared use of schools and/or park land to mutually benefit the city and the school district. The facilities shared by the city and the school district include multipurpose turf fields, lighted athletic fields, tennis courts, gymnasiums, parking facilities and libraries. In total, the school district and the city currently have 76 joint-use agreements.

The multipurpose field, located at 3770 Utah St. in North Park, is scheduled to open to the public on Monday, April 16.