The threat of rain early Saturday morning on the first weekend of February 2008 did not dampen the joyous atmosphere of the more than 200 community neighbors who showed up for the inaugural opening of their new park in Torrey Highlands. Located conveniently in the middle of the Torrey Del Mar community, east of Carmel Valley, the 5 acre multi-use park was officially opened by city officials, including the city of San Diego Major Jerry Sanders, District One Council member Scott Peters, and Parks and Recreation Director Stacey LoMedico. The city provided snacks, beverages and music for the occasion. The park features a multi-purpose play ground, picnic area, walking paths, half-court basketball, and a large open grassy area.
“I’ve been waiting for this park to open all my life,” said 6 year old Evan Buckland, who lives in the community with his parents. He was invited on stage by Major Sanders during initial presentations, much to the delight of the crowd, expressing the sentiment of many who live there.
Anabell Skripek and her family walked across the street from their home to share in the festive atmosphere. “Most of us who bought homes in this new community 7 years ago were told that the park would be finished within a year or two.” Concerns over land usage, park design approval, and soil issues were some of the factors that caused the delay, according to Council member Scott Peters. He praised and congratulated members of the community who worked tirelessly with the local planning board and the city to insure the park opened ahead of projected time, in spite of the challenges the park encountered along the way. As a neighbor who volunteered to facilitate the work on the park, Karen Woods expressed confidence that the new park would add value to their homes and build strong neighborhood cohesiveness.