Mira Mesa Community Park sign
Mira Mesa Community Park. File photo

Updated at 12:15 p.m. March 2, 2018

City officials Thursday opened a set of new athletic fields in Mira Mesa just in time for the start of the neighborhood’s Little League opening day.

The fields at Mira Mesa Community Park, which include space for soccer, baseball, softball and other recreational activities, are part of a larger 11-acre improvement project that’s set to be fully built in 2022.

Mira Mesa Little League will play its first game on the fields on Saturday.

The new construction is part of Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s pledge to build or improve 50 parks in five years.

“We’re in the middle of the largest park expansion effort in modern city history because I want every neighborhood resident, every family and every child to have a park where they can make memories that will last a lifetime,” Faulconer said. “These new Mira Mesa ballfields are just the latest example of creating recreational opportunities that bring communities together and I look forward to many more park openings like this one in the near future.”

Faulconer was joined by Councilman Chris Cate at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“The Mira Mesa Community Park is the first park in District 6 we’ve seen a major overhaul of in over a decade,” Cate said. “Mira Mesa’s multimillion-dollar community park project is a true reinvestment in our kids, our families and our seniors. The park has served at the heart of Mira Mesa for 41 years, and will serve for generations to come.”

When complete, the park will feature an aquatic center, expanded recreation center, swimming pool, children’s play area, perimeter walking path, recreation areas, shade structures, security lighting and a comfort station, according to the mayor’s office.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.