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San Diego Receives $600,000 State Grant to Complete Southcrest Trails Park

Civic San Diego, which oversees development projects on behalf of the city of San Diego, has received more than $600,000 in a state grant to complete Southcrest Trails Park, in the southeast city neighborhoods of Southcrest and Shelltown.

City officials said the grant, from funds approved in 2006 by state voters in Proposition 84, is being disbursed by California’s Strategic Growth Council, a state agency that coordinates activities supporting sustainable communities.

The grant fills a previous local funding gap for the $2 million park project. The 2.3-acre park will link the Southcrest and Shelltown neighborhoods to regional bicycle facilities and the Dorothy Petway Park, along a revitalized Chollas Creek open space system.

Southcrest Trails Park will include an exercise trail, picnic areas, an amphitheater, basketball half-court, skatepark and gazebos, with two acres of drought-tolerant trees and plants.

The city, through Civic San Diego, will be contributing previously committed infrastructure bond funds for construction and and materials. Civic San Diego will be advertising for a qualified contractor and overseeing construction, officials said.

Construction is expected to begin in 2015, with the park set to open in 2016.

Civic San Diego was among 40 applicants statewide to receive funds from the third and final round of Proposition 84 funding awarded by the Strategic Growth Council.

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