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Mission Hills "mini park" to highlight San Diego's native birds

SAN DIEGO -- The West Lewis Street Mini Park, designed with the local habitat in mind, will officially open at 10 am Friday, Aug. 3, after a dedication ceremony.

The quarter-acre park is nestled against Dove Canyon near the southwest corner of West Lewis Street and Falcon Street.

Kevin Faulconer, San Diego City Council President Pro Tem, will be joined by Stacey LoMedico, the city's Park and Recreation Department director; John Lomac, of the Mission Hills Town Council; and Kathy Jones, of Mission Hills Garden Club.

The new park highlights San Diego’s native aviary population. Many San Diego streets, such as Dove, Falcon and Goldfinch, are named after local birds.

The park features a brick paver plaza, ipe wood benches, educational plaque featuring local bird life, decomposed granite surfacing, landscaping, decorative concrete boulders, curbs etched with street names of the Mission Hills community, new sidewalk and accessibility upgrades.

The site is within San Diego’s Multi-Habitat Planning Area and adjacent to an important habitat corridor used by a variety of wildlife.