On Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m., the City of La Mesa invites residents to participate in an interactive virtual workshop for a future park on the site of the former Lemon Grove Road train station, a 2.84-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Waite Drive and Murray Hill Road. the La Mesa City Parks Master Plan identified this location as an attractive option for a future park.
“For more than a decade, our Parks Master Plan has guided our efforts to reinvent our open spaces,” said La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis. “This workshop will give us the opportunity to discuss reinvesting in our community and working with our residents to expand our network of parks.
About the workshop
When: Wednesday, March 16 | 6 p.m.
What: Interactive virtual community workshop (no registration required)
Where: Zoom link https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87507108249 or dial (669) 900-6833 participate by telephone, Meeting ID: 875 0710 8249
As a community engagement tool, the City hopes to get feedback from community members on the new park construction plan, discuss conditions and future opportunities, and gather community members’ priorities on the desired amenities and the character of the park.
Project site timeline
In 2000 and 2011, the former San Diego County facility known as Lemon Grove Road Station underwent two separate environmental cleanups. In March 2012, San Diego County notified the city of La Mesa of the site’s availability, offering the option to purchase. As part of its due diligence, the City of La Mesa hired an outside consultant to conduct an environmental site assessment of the property to confirm that no hazardous materials remained. In July 2012, the site was purchased by the City for $650,000, over a period of four (4) years using the Park Impact Fee which is designed to mitigate the impact of new developments on municipalities, existing facilities and infrastructure for residential developments. In December 2021, the city received funding through the California State Department of Recreation’s Local Assistance Grant Program to create a master plan for the proposed park.