SAN DIEGO – An evaluation on the condition of buildings and equipment in San Diego parks will begin shortly, but the process is expected to take years to complete, according to report scheduled to be delivered Wednesday morning to the City Council’s Infrastructure Committee.
City officials are pushing for evaluations of city buildings, sidewalks and other facilities in order to get a handle on the size of a backlog of capital projects and maintenance. Recent estimates of the value of the backlog have totaled more than $1 billion.
Three consultants were hired by the city to conduct the assessments, the report says.
For the parks, the conditions of playgrounds, athletic fields, playing courts, skate parks, lighting systems, parking lots, roadways and walkways, trails and storm water facilities will be evaluated over the next four years.
The report says the life span of playground equipment is expected to be 15-20 years, and 65 percent of the city’s playgrounds are more than 15 years old.
The parks consultants will initially look at 30 locations around the city at a cost of $225,000. Among them are Carmel Valley Community Park, La Jolla Community Park, Robb Field in Ocean Beach, Old Trolley Barn Community Park, Paradise Hills Community Park, Rancho Bernardo Community Park, the San Ysidro Athletic Area and the Willie Henderson Sports Complex.
According to the report, the city has 215 playgrounds, 210 outdoor basketball courts, 204 softball fields, 89 Little League fields, 193 multi- purpose athletic fields, and 66 athletic fields that include lighting.
The committee is also scheduled to get a report from the federal government on the modernization of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. A project to add eight lanes and 15 inspection stations is scheduled to start in the summer of 2015 and be completed in the winter of 2017, according to the report.
City officials have long called for improvements to the facility to unclog the long waits of people coming into the U.S. The delays cost the region’s economy millions of dollars, they say.
The border crossing has already received a new secondary inspection area and pedestrian crossing, and a new canopy is under construction.