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North Park joint-use athletic facilities to be dedicated today

SAN DIEGO – City, school and civic officials will dedicate upgraded joint-use athletic facilities in North Park on Thursday morning.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be from 10 to 11 am Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4041 Oregon St. at the site of the former North Park Elementary School, now ALBA High at North Park.

Speakers will include San Diego City Council president Todd Gloria, who represents the district, and San Diego school board member Richard Barrera.

Other speakers will include Principal Vernon Moore; David Monroe, deputy director of the city's Park and Recreation Department; and Lee Dulgeroff, executive director of the school district's Facilities Planning and Construction (Proposition S). The school's ASB president and one of the school's mentors, pastor Brent Hyden of Covenant Presbyterian Church, will also speak during the program.

The $400,000 project, funded by the school district’s Proposition S bond program, began in July and was completed late last month. Project partners were IBI Group (architectural) and GEM Industrial construction).

Improvements include a new basketball court, new 30-foot light poles at the joint-use playing field, new matting at horizontal bars, a resurfaced joint-use playfield, newly repaired concrete sidewalk areas, new signage and new fencing around joint-use playfield.

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.