With generous funding from the San Diego Foundation, Groundwork is creating a .25 acre pocket park, school-community garden and native plant landscape at the Creek EarthLab. The space will offer passive recreation activities such as bird-watching. trail use, and gardening. It will also offer active programming to include workshops on backyard habitats, edible landscaping. and native plant propagation. It will facilitate a safe route to school for Millennial Tech Middle School students, and a walkable route to the Euclid-Market Transit Station for Encanto/Webster residents. It will connect North and South Encanto/Webster neighborhoods divided by the SR-94 freeway, and will inspire and engage residents to advocate for a walkable watershed. Finally, it will serve as a model for the greening of a park-deficient community through community-led creation of public spaces.
The EarthLab Pocket Park was made possible by a well-informed and thoughtful community effort, led by Groundwork San Diego, to re-route the SR94/Euclid freeway exit. Scheduled for construction next year, the freeway improvement will preserve parkland that other would have gone for road expansion.