A groundbreaking was held Monday for a 2.6-acre neighborhood park in Southcrest.

The park in the economically disadvantaged community will include an amphitheater, basketball court, skate park, and jogging/walking trails with exercise stations.

Called Southcrest Trails Neighborhood Park, the $3 million facility will also feature security lighting, children’s play areas, benches, picnic areas and shelters, barbecues, landscaping and irrigation, and public artwork, according to Civic San Diego, a city agency assisting with the project.

The property is the last undeveloped part of 66 acres cleared away in 1972 to build a freeway. The highway project was abandoned six years later after community protests, and most of the land has since been filled in by homes, commercial development and a school.

“The park represents the final piece of a magnificent puzzle that reclaims land for the benefit of the community, rather than a proposed freeway once called the 252 Corridor,” said Reese Jarrett, president and CEO of Civic San Diego.

He said the park should be open by this time next year.

–City News Service