The 6th Avenue Playground (bounded by Balboa Way, Spruce and Thorn Streets) was a highlight for families on the west side of the park for decades, but time and the elements have worn it away. The Friends plans to revitalize the children's play area making it suitable for kids of all ages. The site will include creatively shaped walkways, trellis overhang, seating of all types, a picnic area, greenery, a garden, and, yes, a fantastic new play area for children. Community groups provided valuable input when the design and construction drawings were completed based on the most recent park Master Plan, but more than a decade has passed with no improvements to this portion of Balboa Park. The purpose of the "6th Avenue Playground Enhancement Project" is to initiate Phase I improvements to Balboa Park's former premier playground.
Phase I addresses four areas of need: 1) play equipment enhancements, 2) picnic and other seating, 3) shade tree planting, and 4) pathway enhancements for disabled access. Project construction will be performed as a 'community build' project.
The total project is estimated at $2.8 million, including ADA handicapped-accessible restrooms. Of the $127,000 Phase I budget, 60% has been pledged. The balance of funding needed is $51,000.