by: CHRISTOPHER TORRICK
A storm is brewing over plans to build a county park in Alpine.
If this is new information to you, here is the Reader's Digest version of what's happening, A plot of land adjacent to Wright's Field which has been undeveloped was purchased from developers by the county to build a county park.
Initally when the story broke there was confusion about the transaction. "Wright's Field is being sold" was splashed about on social media channels. The land in question was never owned by Back Country Land Trust (a non-profit) which operates and maintains the open space for us to enjoy
So now it's in the hands of the County for a new park,
Opponents to the park say that this plan will damage Wright's delicate ecosystem, make traffic on South Grade Road even more dangerous, and home owners in the area are concerned about noise, traffic, and their property values.
Those in favor say it's a needed space for children and families. In an era where parents are trying to keep kids off devices and outside, the park gives young families the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities.
While East County Broadcasting is remaining neutral in this discussion, we would like to challenge a posting in social media channels that said the Country had reached out to local media to help educate the public about their plans for the park. We - the only radio station licensed to the town of Alpine were not contacted by park officials. It is our position that the County should have begun outreach to the local media at the point they planned to purchase the property so that the process of community education could begin. Sending a press release to San Diego media outlets does nothing for Alpine. San Diego media has zero interest in a county park in Alpine...unless it's on fire.
For or against, the park is coming.
While the space on South Grade will be undergoing changes as the project develops, let the development be a reminder to all of us that treasure open spaces. Organizations like Back Country Land Trust can only protect these spaces if they are financially empowered to invest in what they have and defend the space against encroachment in the future.
Plain and simple - defending Alpine's open spaces requires financial support from the community.
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2 Comments on this post:
The proposed MEGA PARK is perfect for downtown Los Angeles but in no way reflects what we in a small rural community can use or want. Example: they plan to install bbqs. This is virtually 99% opposed locally due to the extreme dangers we face in this high hazard zone. Fire insurance is virtually unobtainable! Local polling is fully ignored. Example- pickleball had two votes from the community indicating almost no intrest. The county is increasing pickleball courts to three- cant have enough! Looks like one court for each resident that wanted pickleball and a spare just in case. The city is railroading this MEGA PARK upon Alpine.
Alpine is long over-due for diverse recreation options for our youth, families, and adults who love recreation, or just enjoying open space. There is open space in Alpine, and nearby....what there isn't is family friendly, diverse recreation giving a choice of what out door activities you want to enjoy. Step-up Alpine....support this park.