City Heights Skatepark

At a Glance:

Location: San Diego, California

Date: 2014

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Meaningful Work and Wealth

Determinants of Health: parks, nutrition, belonging and civic muscle, meaningful work and wealth, physical activity, parks

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Children and Youth, People Living in Poverty

Research Methods: Primary research, Focus Groups, Qualitative research, secondary

Community Types: urban

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Mid-City Community Advocacy Network and its Youth Council worked with Human Impact Partners to conduct an HIA to examine health and equity implications of a skatepark proposal in City Heights, a neighborhood in San Diego. Obesity rates in City Heights are higher than those in San Diego County overall, and the neighborhood has an inadequate supply of parks, open space, and recreational opportunities for youth. The California Endowment funded the HIA through the Building Healthy Communities program.


The skatepark was constructed in 2016 in the residential heart of City Heights, and a second, larger skatepark opened in the neighborhood’s Park de la Cruz in January 2018.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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