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Recreational facilities may also be developed as amenities to accompany other major land uses such as industrial areas and residential projects. Possible amenities may include swimming pools, active sports courts, common lawns for informal playing and passive seating and picnicking areas.

7.5 Park and Open Space Implementation

For parks and recreational facilities, both development and operations should be considered in planning for implementation. Each neighborhood park should be acquired and improved through fees or in lieu, land dedication and/or park construction by developers as described in Section 14.3. Park operations and maintenance should be financed by the City of San Diego as a regular budget item. Development and maintenance of private recreational facilities and project amenities should be undertaken on a private basis.

Most viewpoints, passive recreational areas and natural open space areas should be deeded or dedicated to the City of San Diego. Open space transition planting should be installed by private developers on a project basis. Maintenance of natural open space areas should generally be financed and administered through a community-wide (or north and south side) open space maintenance district(s) as described in Section 14.3G. For selected areas such as the lakeside open space and recreation in the specialty commercial center (Parcel 14), private users or associations may maintain the open space and operate recreational facilities instead of the public. In these cases, an open space easement should ensure open space preservation.

Private open space areas, slopes and transition planting areas within “common interest” residential projects should be designated common areas and maintained by homeowner associations. For detached residential projects, open space slopes may be lotted out and privately maintained with open space easements protecting the slopes from development. This may include slopes transitioning into natural open space, slopes adjacent to public streets and slopes between residential pads.

Landscaping design, development and maintenance are discussed in Section 13.6.

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