I recently read this article about the opening of a five acre park in Del Sur.
“Councilmember Mark Kersey and more than 100 community members marked the opening Saturday of the five-acre Del Sur Neighborhood Park.
The residents of Del Sur came together to enjoy the park for the first time today, and the sense of community pride was undeniable,” said Kersey. “Days like this are a reminder of why I’ve made infrastructure and neighborhood investment my top priorities for the city.”
Del Sur is celebrating the addition of another park to their fine community and this is not just some ‘pocket park.’ Rather, it is a full 5 acre park with lots of extras.
While I am happy for Del Sur, the article highlighted my concerns about Poway and the direction we are headed in. I am concerned because Poway has not opened a new park in quite some time. We are not keeping up.
What really struck me, however, was the quote from San Diego Council Member Mark Kersey, who said “days like this are a reminder of why I’ve made infrastructure and neighborhood investment my top priorities for the city.”
This is what I want for Poway. I want to make “infrastructure and neighborhood investment” my top priority for Poway.
For example, I have proposed adding between one to two acres to Poway Community Park. This is modest goal, frankly. Del Sur just added a full five acre park.
But our current Mayor won’t even support that.
I would also like to secure some of our other great recreational open spaces that are privately owned, such as the Arbollitos Swim and Tennis Club, before they are scooped up and fenced off by the next out of town developer. This is another important type of neighborhood investment.
But what is especially sad about this article, from my perspective, is that they interview ex-major leaguer Brett Bochy about the new park. Anyone from Poway knows that the Bochy family grew up in Poway.
Among those celebrating the opening was former Major League Baseball player and Del Sur resident Brett Bochy.
“Parks like this give my family and I another reason to love our neighborhood,” said Bochy, who played for the San Francisco Giants in 2014 and 2015. “The Del Sur Park’s open space reminds me of when my dad and I would play catch, and I can’t wait to do the same with my kids here.
It saddens me that Brett would choose to move to the Del Sur rather than come back to his home town of Poway. Based on his statement that “parks like this give my family and I another reason to love our neighborhood” it would seem like the great amenities offered in Del Sur played a part is his decision to move there. Brett goes on to say “the Del Sur Park’s open space reminds me of when my dad and I would play catch, and I can’t wait to do the same with my kids here.”
Almost certainly Brett and his dad Bruce played catch in the open spaces of Poway.
I guess Poway doesn’t have as much open space as it used to. We are clearly falling behind other communities because we are failing to invest in our great neighborhoods, and we are failing to protect and preserve our open spaces.
I am running for Mayor to try and change that. I am running so that we can have the same quality of life as the people who live in Del Sur, so that we can continue to attract great families like the Bochys to come and live here.