Area has a playground, outdoor basketball courts

By Booyeon Lee
Staff Writer

March 19, 2005

SANTALUZ – This new community's first neighborhood park officially opens today.

San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy and Councilman Scott Peters are expected to attend a 10:30 a.m. opening ceremony today for South Village Park. It features a playground, outdoor basketball courts, a 4-acre grass field and a lighted walkway along its edges.

The park is on Via Azul near Camino del Sur just outside Santaluz, a 3,900-acre gated community of about 1,000 homes northwest of Rancho Peñasquitos.

The city-owned park is adjacent to a 10-acre site of a future elementary school. The Poway Unified School District is in the process of purchasing the land from Taylor Woodrow Homes and DMB Associates, the developers of Santaluz.

South Village Park is the first of several parks expected to open in the area in the coming months.

In early April, a 20,000-square-foot skateboard park between Carmel Mountain Road and Ted Williams Parkway is scheduled to open after nine years of planning.

Black Mountain Ranch Community Park should be completed and open to the public by May, according to Peters' office. The 30-acre park will have two baseball diamonds and a soccer field, and it will eventually include a pool and gymnasium. The park is at the end of Black Mountain Road just past the northern tip of Rancho Peñasquitos.

The first phase of a still-unnamed 15-acre park on Carmel Valley Road near Black Mountain Road should be open to the public around the same time, said Joe Taylor, a project manager for Santaluz.

It will include a lighted baseball field and several multipurpose athletic fields. The developer is considering adding a gym, a pool, and additional fields after the first phase of the project is completed, Taylor said.