By Frank Gormlie / The OB Rag
Donna Frye is trying to upset the apple cart that surrounds all the discussion about the Chargers and the Qualcomm football stadium site. On Monday, June 22nd, she called for “a massive river park” at the 166-acre Mission Valley site.
In an Op-Ed piece in Voice of San Diego, Donna Frye—former City Councilwoman for the district that includes Mission Valley—called for something akin to another Balboa Park or Mission Bay Park.
In her piece, Frye dismissed the discussion about whether the Chargers want the current site and all the discussion about commercial and residential development of it, instead declared that it actually is “a big opportunity staring us right in the face—the potential to create a real San Diego River Park.”
She went on:
I’m not talking about the measly 20-acre kind of park that is currently being proposed. I’m talking about using the majority of the 166 acres and combining that with the same kind of thinking and passion that helped create Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park.
“Instead of creating one more boring development project typical of Mission Valley,” she said, San Diegans ought to “recognize the potential that now exists and do something really great for the public by creating a massive river park that everyone could enjoy.”
Donna Frye stated that for years a San Diego River Park has been contemplated and explained that such a park is supported by the San Diego River Park Master Plan. She cites language that is key and says the site’s
“critical location for meeting community-based park and recreation needs in Mission Valley, no acquisition costs required and critical location for creating continuity in San Diego River Park and San Diego River Park pathway.”
And she adds that the park “could include ball fields, soccer fields, an active sports complex and a natural children’s play area.”
The options for the park are limitless and constrained only by our will to make it happen. For once, how about working on a plan that provides more of what we don’t have, and less of what we do have? Rather than doing the usual and unremarkable, we could do something that inspires us – something we could look back on and be proud of for generations to come.
We think her bold challenge is right-on. We’re just not certain how to get there, but Frye – the woman who should have been mayor – has led us before, in high-lighting pollution in our waters, on insisting on governmental transparency, in figuring out the toxins in Mission Bay. And now, Frye has upped the ante in the discussion and in doing so, re-enforces our premise about the continued destruction of Mission Valley and how somebody should be watching what’s going on there.
Right on, Donna. Now what?