Northmont Park Gets A New Look

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LA MESA -- A newly renovated playground and picnic area in Northmont Park was dedicated on Tuesday, January 28, 2014. The new playground was made possible through the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation’s It’s Child’s Play campaign to ultimately renovate five park playgrounds in La Mesa.
Private fundraising opens up greater opportunities for creative play environments, while city funding for parks is but one of the needs stretching the municipality’s limited resources. City officials say the Northmont Park playground project is an example of how public/private partnerships can create a vibrant play experience for our youth.

The Northmont playground was designed with a nature theme in honor of the major donors, Grossmont Center which contributed $125,000 and Bill and Normal Verbeck who contributed $50,000. Grossmont Center’s marketing theme of “Shopping is in our nature” and the Verbeck’s long time support of Cuyamaca Gardens provided an appropriate theme for this play space. Both Grossmont Center and Mr. Verbeck were leaders in the creation of the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation and have contributed to many Foundation projects benefiting City residents such as the Junior Seau Sports Complex, the La Mesa Teen Center, and most recently It’s Child’s Play.

Students at Northmont Elementary School learned about art by creating the nature-themed tiles that decorate the seat wall around the playground. Park in lieu/developer fees were used to upgrade park sidewalks and build a picnic area directly adjacent to the new playground.

La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation Vice President Vicki Whitmire reported that this is the second playground renovation completed as part of It’s Child’s Play. The first was dedicated in November 2010 at Jackson Park, funded by the Drew Ford Family. She acknowledged Joe Drew of Drew Ford and Ed Burr of EDCO Disposal at the Northmont Park playground dedication for their leadership in the It’s Child’s Play initiative which has raised more than $500,000 to date.

Also acknowledged at the dedication were: the contractor, Anton’s Service, Inc.; Coast Recreation, Inc., supplier of the Landscape Structures play equipment; City of La Mesa Project Manager Michael Kinnard; and Community Services staff Kaaren McElroy and Michele Greenberg-McClung for their roles in the project.

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Comment by Susan Brinchman on January 31, 2014 at 2:55pm

I want to thank the donors for contributing to the upgrades at Northmont Park. It is a lovely little park that is well used by the neighborhood. My dog adores it! One thing that is needed though is more policing of the park, at times, there are people living there or using drugs. Graffiti often. I did report a suspicious person who appeared to be dealing drugs to the teens there and was told that he had a right to be there and unless the police saw it, that nothing could be done. I disagreed, talked to residents, had them call into the La Mesa Police Dept and they did take action. I think we need to be proactive and not so laid back or ultraliberal that we allow our neighborhood parks to become infested with drug users who openly use them there, people drinking alcohol, using parks for outdoor sex (seen there also on occasion), using parks for living in, and peddling drugs to our kids. I want the police to keep our parks safe for law-abiding citizens.

Comment by chris shea on January 31, 2014 at 1:15pm

What a gift a park is!  I like that parks come with an ever-changing soundtrack, the laughter of kids and grown-ups, voices of people, the barking of dogs and chirping of birds.  Add in the crunch of wood bark and the rustle of the breeze in the trees and there's a brand new symphony in town.  

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