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01. OUR VISION

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San Diego Parks Foundation Reaches a Tree Planting Milestone with Support from SDG&E

The San Diego Parks Foundation, in collaboration with the City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department and with support through theSDG&E Environmental Champions Initiative, planted its 150th tree this fall. That mean we are well on our way to reach its goal to plant 300 trees by the end of next year. The milestone tree will take root at a park in the San Diego community of Southcrest, where it will help grow the urban canopy and provide beautiful shade and play spaces for local residents.

The foundation started its tree planting initiative in 2020, recognizing that budget pressures made it hard for the City of San Diego to plant trees as well as install the necessary irrigation to ensure tree survival. Trees are an excellent and beautiful way to reduce pollutant runoff and mitigate the harmful impacts of climate change. Additionally, trees are frequently requested by residents to increase green space in the community and beautify urban landscapes.

SDG&E is supporting the foundation’s work through its signature Environmental Champions initiative, which for the past ten years has provided funding to local nonprofit organizations working to improve the environment in San Diego and southern Orange County. This urban greening project is one example of how SDG&E supports efforts to build climate resilient communities and improve social equity. Science demonstrates that trees improve both air and water quality, temper heat and reduce energy usage through their shade canopy. What’s more they create beautiful and functional green spaces for the community.

Fern Street and Maraya

The San Diego Parks Foundation ended summer 2021 on a high note with 7 community performances featuring local theatre companies Fern Street Circus and Maraya Performing Arts. Throughout August Fern Street and Maraya Performing Arts performed in different community parks, bringing together families and neighbors to recreate safely outside.  


For more than 30 years, San Diego’s Fern Street Circus has been transforming neighborhoods through performance and teaching of circus arts. The 45-minute neighborhood tour show included professional performers as well as local youth, and delighted audiences with its artistic creativity, engaging music, and impressive acrobatics. 


Maraya Performing arts performed the World Premiere Dance Theatre Musical Performance 'Block by Block,' an original 45-minute show that incorporated community voices from each unique neighborhood that involved dance, music, theatre, and moments of audience participation. One of the best parts of these performances was the hip-hop dance class taught by the founder of Maraya Performing Arts, Anjanette Maraya-Rameny! Local kids had a blast learning to dance! 


These free, community events have been an important part of the Come Play Outside, –a program dedicated to providing youth and families free and low-cost recreational opportunities at 21 recreational centers across San Diego’s south and central neighborhoods. These events included nourishing meals provided by Paving Great Futures, a nonprofit dedicated to providing employment opportunities for youth shaved ice from Kona Ice, local resources such as Family Health Centers, San Ysidro Health, and County of San Diego vaccine and mental health outreach. The events have also included arts and crafts projects for children to develop and display their creativity. With neighborhood-specific performances and local vendors, the events have successfully brought together communities and activatedlocal community parks during these unprecedented times. 

Paws and Recreation

As generations age, the use of service dogs is on the rise. As more and more visitors frequent our parks and facilities, so will service dogs. It is estimated that there are more than 500,000 service dogs in use currently in the United States, and that

number is expected to rise. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and individual state statutes will determine the extent in which different types of service dogs have access to your facilities. As an industry, service dogs are often seen at senior/active adult centers, community centers, athletic/sports complexes and even playgrounds. These dogs help enhance the abilities of their handlers and provide equitable access to a service being provided to the community. Examples of different types of service dogs are seeing-eye dogs, diabetes alert dogs and mobility assistance dogs.

A service dog has full access and rights to all facilities, whereas an [emotional support animal] ESA has no public access, and a therapy/ facility dog only has access to the facility at which it is “working.”

Understand the Types of Working Dogs
Service dogs are “task trained” dogs (of any breed) that enhance the ability of a person to participate in everyday opportunities. These are different than emotional support animals (ESA) or therapy/facility dogs. A service dog has full access and rights to all facilities, whereas an ESA has no public access, and a therapy/facility dog only has access to the facility at which it is “working.” For example, a service dog must be allowed on the pool deck with its handler, but the dog is not allowed to swim in the pool.

Know the Laws

There are no “certifications” or legal paperwork for service dogs. As service providers, the only questions one may ask their patrons visiting are: “Is that a service dog?” and “What service does it provide for you?” Employees may not ask for any medical paperwork or proof of a skill or task. A service dog is not required to have any type of vest nor identifying marks to be considered a working dog. The dog must be leashed or tethered to the handler at all times, unless it obstructs the handler. Handlers are liable for all damages if an accident occurs. The only way a facility can ask for a service dog to be removed is if the animal is not housebroken, or it is considered to be a direct threat to the health and safety of others. Allergies and fears of animals are not valid reasons to ask for a service dog to leave.

Open Conversations

Service dog organizations provide new routes to community relationships and programming. Organizations that train service dogs are constantly looking for different types of “exposures” to make sure their dogs are ready for their future handlers. A senior center serves as a great place to host these trainings. For example, bringing a dog to a knitting club not only benefits the dog’s training, but also can brighten the day of your participants who may not be capable of caring for animals anymore.

Remember the Reason

The first step to ensuring an inclusive environment for individuals who require service animals is to become familiar with the ADA guidelines, as well as your state statutes. Understand your facility, county and city codes of ordinances, making sure that you are not violating the ability for someone to enjoy recreation just as everyone else. Train your employees to be comfortable answering questions from other patrons about dogs at a facility. True service dogs are not a distraction. They are well-groomed, well-behaved and the general public is, oftentimes, unaware they are even there.

The point of a service dog is to make life more equitable for the handler and for them to be able to enjoy everyday activities and ser- vices just like everyone else. They want to enjoy the incredible pro- graming, facilities and events that you are providing as a park and rec- reation professional!

New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc., is a 501C(3) in Orange City, Florida, that provides task-trained service dogs to members of the community in need.

Hannah Cooper is a Service Dog Trainer with New Horizons Service Dogs, Inc.

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The San Diego Parks Foundation strives to connect all San Diegans to high-quality parks through philanthropic and volunteer contributions to the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, and to support the City’s mission to build a world-class inclusive park system that strengthens communities and provides equitable access to recreational opportunities.

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