Imagine visiting an urban park with a killer climbing playground, some tunes playing, and new things like art installations and a design based on San Diego’s fault planes? Fault Line Park in East Village is now open and will tick all of those boxes and more. Opened by the San Diego City Council, this 1.3-acre park is located on Island Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, and is an urban park at its best. Here’s your guide for enjoying the fun.
While many Cali dwellers know of the San Andreas fault line, not many have heard of the much more local phenomenon that is the Rose Canyon Fault. This spot makes its way through Coronado, Downtown San Diego and La Jolla. This geological wonder became the cool jumping off point for the parks design. You’ll be able to show the kids the fault line running through the park on the clever center walkway. Look a little further and on one side and you’ll find a large flat and undisturbed expanse of green fields. On the other side, see how it’s feeling the effects of an earthquake in motion, rolling hills of grass, contoured pathways and chaotic design will give your wee ones a kick.
Fun for the Kiddos
There’s a lot for a little kid to explore and enjoy at Fault Line Park. There are two playground areas — older kiddos will find a climbing oasis full of ropes and steps and structures to monkey around. Younger kids aren’t left out with their own mini playground with a pirate ship theme. The playgrounds are small compared to some parks, but there is a lot more to check out. Swing by the sunken path to the north of the playgrounds over the grassy mounds and you’ll find a set on spinners that the kids can gyrate. Or check out the succulent garden and sit down if you need a quiet moment. If something more active is on the cards, bring a ball or Frisbee and run around on the large grassy field.
Art To Boot
Unique to Fault Line Park is the mixture of art within the community space. Created by Bay area based artists Po Shu Wang and Louise Bertelsen, “Fault Whisper” has two 6-foot metal spheres that little ones can “ooh and ahh” over. Then check out the multimedia elements that make you think about what Mother Nature is up to these days. The west sphere features an accelerometer that goes right down to the fault rupture, 14-feet below. This measures the movement in the ground below and sends it to a computer that processes it into musical notes. Kids will love the fact that the earth is singing to them. And if you want to get really technical, scan the QR code with any smartphone to hear the park’s sphere anytime and anywhere.
Planning Your Trip
Fault Line Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. There’s a very limited amount of parking available on street, so be prepared that you may need to check out a few surrounding blocks until you find your parking spot. The spaces are all metered, so have some quarters ready.
If a snack is in order, check out Halcyon Coffee House and Stella Public House that sit within the park. The deck at Halycon makes a great spot for parents to sit with a cup of Joe while keeping an eye on the kids in the park. Everyone will love the fun tunes pumping out of their sound system throughout the whole park. Restrooms are located next to Stella Public House.
If you want to keep your downtown adventure going, check out the San Diego Central Library, which is only a block or two away and complete with an awesome kids library.
Fault Line Park
Corner of Island Ave. and 14th St.
San Diego Ca 92101
Have you visited the Fault Line Park? What did you think?
— Lenya McGrath (photos too!)