Come Play outside

Come Play Outside is a new programming initiative that creates exciting opportunities for kids and their families to play outside safely in San Diego

SUMMER MOVIES IN THE PARK

Watchyour favorite movies under the stars, now at park locations across San Diego all summer long!

City-wide tree planting program

SDPF is proud to support & facilitate planting trees in parks across San Diego

WIFI INSTALLATION PROGRAM

SDPF is raising funds & facilitating wifi installation in San Diego rec centers - FREE to use!

REPURPOSING SAN YSIDRO LIBRARY

SDPF is raising funds to repurpose the library into a thriving community center for all ages

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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.

Outdoor Play Ideas

Need outdoor play ideas for your kids? Here is a resource guide to get you out the door!

Prying your children away from their beloved devices can feel like a monumental task, and sometimes maybe not even worth the struggle. However, now more than ever, children need to be spending time outside. Nature-deficit disorder, while not the ultimate buzzword, is making headlines, and many experts agree that less time in nature or outdoors can negatively impact our children in the long term.


Ideally, time in nature is great, but getting your kids outside is a start, whether it’s hiking, riding bikes, backyard family games or even through sports like soccer, basketball or skateboarding. Check out these helpful resources to get your kids off the couch and into the outdoors. 


5 Questions: Does Your Child Have Nature-Deficit Disorder?

If you’re concerned that your child may suffer from NDD but you’re not sure if your child fits the definition, these questions will help you take a closer look.


Kids Need More Outdoor Play, Says Expert

Devices have a tendency to anchor children inside. However, some experts believe that children need to spend a lot more time in nature than they currently do.


Getting Kids Into the Outdoors Starts in the Backyard

You don’t have to immediately embark on a camping trip to combat NDD. Instead, you can simply explore some of the activities you can do in your own backyard.


Storm Spotting for Children: At-Home Meteorology

If you live in an area that’s prone to storms, then your child may develop an interest in them. So, foster this love of storms by watching them safely from your home.


How to Start a Neighborhood Pack for Your Kids

Want to encourage your child to play outside but you don’t want to spend every moment looking over their shoulder? You may want to develop a “neighborhood pack”!


When (and How) to Introduce Your Kid to Outdoor Sports

At some point, your child may develop an interest in sports. Before deciding on one, discuss this decision with your child — and use this resource to learn more!


9 Steps to Plan a Family Camping Trip

Planning a camping trip with your family isn’t an easy goal to accomplish. To make sure you’re prepared, follow these steps to ensure everyone has fun — and stays safe.


4 Tips When Mountain Biking with Your Child

If mountain biking is on your list of outdoor activities, you need to know what to do to ensure that everyone stays safe and enjoys the ride.


As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get your kids outside and active. If you make it a family affair, then everyone gets a dose of the outdoors, and you can build lasting memories. Plus, by encouraging your children to spend more time outside, you can rest easy knowing they’re getting all the fresh air and sunshine they need. 


For information about events and activities in and around the San Diego area, be sure to pay a visit to the San Diego Parks Foundation website.

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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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