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2.6-Acre Park in Southeast San Diego Opens on Former Freeway Route

A revamped Southcrest Trails Neighborhood Park opened Friday in Southeast San Diego on land originally cleared decades ago for a freeway.

The 2.6-acre park opened last year and largely offered open space for walking. Newly added amenities include a children’s play areas, trails with exercise stations, gazebos, picnic areas with grills and game tables, a basketball court, a skate park and an amphitheater.

The $3 million park was built on land in Southeast San Diego originally cleared for State Route 252. The freeway project was abandoned in the 1970s following community protests.

The property was the last undeveloped part of 66 acres cleared away to build the freeway. The majority of the space has since been filled in by homes, commercial development and a school.

The park is located at Beta and Birch streets, east of Interstate 15 and north of Interstate 5, and was built by the nonprofit Civic San Diego with a state Urban Greening Grant and bond funds.

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