John Lee Evans: Imagine UC 2020 and other school projects progressing

'Dream' Pool

Courtesy of John Lee Evans, Trustee, San Diego Unified School District:

'Dream' Pool
A ‘Dream’ Pool

The University City community effort to enhance our schools and park facilities simultaneously is moving forward. At the June 2, 2015, semi-annual Propositions S and Z update to the Board of Education, the Spreckels to Standley project was on the approved list for 2015-2017.

This allows the staff to develop plans and work with the city in the hopes of developing the joint use project. We all win if the school district and the city can pool resources. This project includes potentially upgrading the pool at Standley Park to a full aquatic center to benefit high school teams, as well as swim instruction and community use.

Another proposal is the permanent stage/pavilion for school and community performances at a community gathering space in the center of the park. A third proposal is a jogging path that connects Standley Middle School and Spreckels Grade School(with its running club), which would also be used by the community. Improvements will be made to each school in UC.

The University City High School already has a new football field with Friday night lights and other athletic fields are currently under construction there, as well as upgrades to the school building. Curie Grade School is on the 2016 list for an artificial turf field to replace some of the decomposed granite field at the school. Doyle Grade School is revamping the entrance for security and is in need of an auditorium to accommodate its large enrollment.

Spreckels Grade School will eventually have modifications to its interior. Standley Middle School is the next up on whole site modernizations and meetings will begin this fall for input on what the school community needs to improve its facilities.

Unfortunately, even as we upgrade our facilities in the community, the school district has been called on to reduce its water consumption as we endure the drought. The sports fields will continue to be watered as needed, but ornamental lawns will not be watered in the same way.

[Watch for a community-wide meeting this Spring.] We will have information about Imagine UC 2020 at the UCCA booth at the Fourth of July Celebration in Standley Park.

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