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By Joe Naiman
Village News Reporter 

Midyear budget adjustments to fund Jackie Heyneman Park access control

 

Last updated 3/19/2020 at 9:17pm

The midyear budget adjustments approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors include $8,800 for access control for Jackie Heyneman Park.

The supervisors' 5-0 vote March 10 reappropriated available Park Land Development Ordinance funds for the project. The money will provide for park perimeter fencing and a pedestrian gate access point.

"The Jackie Heyneman Park is a wonderful asset for the community of Fallbrook," Supervisor Jim Desmond said. "Jackie's energy and willingness to go above and beyond is extraordinary. We are all lucky to have Jackie in our life, and we want to help out the park as much as we can."

The Fallbrook Village Association constructed what is now Jackie Heyneman Park in 1994. The park was originally called Beech Street Park and was renamed to honor Heyneman in 2012. The FVA funds maintenance of Jackie Heyneman Park, and some of the maintenance activity is performed by the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance.

In December 2016, the county supervisors approved an agreement between the county and the FVA for the design and construction of picnic area and park access improvements at Jackie Heyneman Park. The FVA was responsible for managing the construction while PLDO funding was used for the improvements.

The county's Park Land Dedication Ordinance provides for using fees from developers to fund park improvements in the area of the development. PLDO funding must be spent within the park planning area where the fees are collected.

PLDO revenue can be used for active or passive recreation but not for open space or trails. Although the fees cannot be used for operations or maintenance or for the restoration of historic structures, PLDO funding can be spent for the replacement of playground equipment or other renovations. A park not owned or operated by the county is eligible for PLDO funding if the park is open to the public.

A park open to the public does not need to be open continuously; Jackie Heyneman Park is open from sunrise to sunset. The amenities include a pavilion, tables and benches and, in order to control unauthorized use after hours, the perimeter fencing and a pedestrian gate access point were desired to protect the park at night.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.

 

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