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County approves Live Oak Park Coalition donation for amphitheater design

San Diego County Board of Supervisors approval is necessary to accept a gift to the county of more than $5,000, so a Jan. 27 Board of Supervisors vote assured the acceptance of a $50,000 donation by the Live Oak Park Coalition to pay for the design of a replacement amphitheater at Live Oak Park.

The supervisors’ vote also authorized the appropriations of that donated amount into the capital outlay fund for the Live Oak Park amphitheater project and authorized Board of Supervisors chair Pam Slater-Price to sign a letter of appreciation to the Live Oak Park Coalition.

Although the County of San Diego owns Live Oak Park, it is maintained by the Live Oak Park Coalition. The existing assembly area includes a wooden gazebo, concrete tables, barbeques, serving pedestals, and drinking fountains, but that area is in need of repair.

The Live Oak Park Coalition has worked with the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation on a plan to replace that assembly area with a multi-purpose area including an amphitheater, seating, native landscaping, and a drinking fountain.

The $50,000 donation will fund the design of the amphitheater. The remaining project costs, including construction expenses, are estimated at $300,000. Although funds for the remaining expenses are currently not available, the Department of Parks and

Recreation and the Live Oak Park Coalition will pursue grants and community donations to fund the construction and other expenses.

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