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Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation Letter dated November 18, 2015 Opposing Building Recreation Centers in Balboa Park:

METRO

SAN DIEGO CDC

536 Maple Street, No. 207

San Diego, California 92101-0311

(619) 822-5103

November 18, 2015

To: Uptown Planners:

The Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation (“Metro CDC”) Board/Charter Committee discussed the proposal to place two recreation centers on the West Mesa of Balboa Park at its meeting on Monday, November 9th. Representatives of both the Balboa Park Conservancy and Friends of Balboa Park were in attendance.  As Adriana Martinez, from the Third City Council District, who attended the Metro CDC meeting can attest, none of the 35 people in attendance at the Metro CDC meeting spoke in favor the placing the two proposed recreation centers on the West Mesa of Balboa Park. Instead there was strong opposition.

The Metro San Diego CDC Board/Charter Committee passed the following motion by an 18-0 vote:

1.) That the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation strongly opposes the placement of two recreation facilities on the West Mesa of Balboa Park; and

2.) That the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation work with the Balboa Park Conservancy, Friends of Balboa Park, and other Balboa Park stakeholders to oppose the proposed recreation centers; the representatives from the Balboa Park organizations present indicated they supported and would participate in this collaborative effort; and

3.) That representatives from the Metro San Diego CDC/ Balboa Park stakeholders meet with the Mayor’s Office, City Council, and City staff to request the proposed recreation centers be removed from the draft Recreation Element of the Uptown Community Plan Update.

I attended an event sponsored by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and the Balboa Park Conservancy on November 11th, at which over 100 people were in attendance.  The Balboa Park stakeholders in attendance I spoke with all expressed opposition to the two proposed recreation centers on the West Mesa, and questioned why their organizations, which had done so much to contribute to Balboa Park, had not been consulted about the recreation center proposal.

A major issue with this proposal is there has not been one organization or constituency group in either Bankers Hill or Balboa Park that I am aware of which supports the proposed recreation centers for the West Mesa.  Planning staff needs to identify where this proposal originated; and why it was not reviewed by Balboa Park stakeholder organizations, like the ones mentioned above.

Sincerely yours,

Leo Wilson, Administrator,

Metro San Diego CDC