Fourth grade students from Innovations Academy in Scripps Ranch conducted a project in which they reviewed and rated local parks. With guidance from teachers Jennifer Franklin, Stephanie Rivera, and Tori Dahlberg, the students used Get Outside San Diego to find parks within a 10-mile radius of the school, then partnered up and chose three parks to evaluate based on the following criteria: shade, bathrooms, playground equipment, views, and sports fields. The teachers and students took a “park crawl” field trip over two days to explore the top parks. Each student used their rubrics to write reviews and give star ratings to the parks they had chosen, then compiled the information into brochures to share with families in the school community.
“I would recommend this park to a family because it has baby equipment and sand and rubber surfacing.” – Tomas
The top parks chosen by the students included South Creek Neighborhood Park, Jerabek Park, Ridgewood Park, Camino Ruiz Neighborhood Park, Mira Mesa Community Park, Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Park, Miramar Overlook Park, Hilltop Park, 4S Ranch Community Park, and Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park.
“I had so much fun. I would recommend it to anyone that likes climbing and having fun, even adults!” – Teresa
In his review of South Creek Park, Cam Noseworthy said, “I liked this park because there were plenty of things to do and play with and climb on. This park has everything you would want at a park. I would suggest this park to all families because there are so many things to do.”
“It has water fountains and bathrooms too. Honestly, I would not change anything.” – Abigail
“Mira Mesa Community Park is an exciting park with cool stuff,” wrote Abigail Stevens. “It has water fountains and bathrooms too. Honestly, I would not change anything.” In her review of Miramar Overlook Park, Maya B. wrote, “I personally like this park a lot because there is a lake, it’s pet-friendly, and has a nice shady area right next to the lake! When I went everything looked so peaceful and nice.”
Tomas Trujillo-Carrion liked Jerabek Park the best. “This was my favorite park,” he said. “I would recommend this park to a family because it has baby equipment and sand and rubber surfacing.”
Teresa Schnaider wrote, “When I went to Pacific Highlands Ranch Community Park, I had so much fun. I would recommend it to anyone that likes climbing and having fun, even adults! It is way bigger than I expected and it is new, safe, fun, and probably the best park in San Diego. It’s a must-go!”