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Signs hang on the wood gazebos in Mission Bay Park informing park goers that beginning October 1, shade provided by the picnic gazebos is no longer free.

Starting in October, picnic shelters located in East Bonita, East Vacation, Hospitality Point, Marie Starns South Shores, North Crown Point, North De Anza, North Ski Beach, North Tecolote, Playa Pacifica II, and South Tecolote open-space parks will no longer be available on a first-come, first-served basis, but instead they must be reserved ahead of time for a fee of $20 per hour.

In addition to the $20-an-hour fee, a security deposit may be required, depending on the number of people indicated on the permit.

Before, Mission Bay Park was the only community park in the city that did not charge park goers to use the gazebo; however, that ended when the city council approved charging fees for the picnic shelters during a council meeting this past June.

And while some residents view the new permit and reservation policy as a better opportunity to reserve the gazebo for weddings and large family gatherings, others see the required reservation and the $20-per-hour permit fee as another example of the city charging citizens for everything under the sun.

"Now, only rich people can use the gazebo," said one frequent Mission Bay Park visitor who was upset about the new requirements. "And, us poor folk will just have to bake in the sun.

"Now if you want to come to the park to throw your 7-year-old a birthday party, you're going to have to pay for it. How ridiculous is that?"

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Founder Aug. 27, 2010 @ 12:50 p.m.

Great Post This is just the first step of "reserving" OUR City's parks for the Wealthy; locals need not apply...

Access will be by reservation only and that will surely keep all the locals from having their day at the Park. Want more convincing, try looking at all the painted RED CURB, at our Parks that allows folks to only look as they drive by, but don't even think about Parking and or taking a stroll, that's for those who reserve and pay for access...

"Our World Class", Parks and Beach's

will be very soon be known as:

"The Wealthy Class", Parks and Beach's...

except when it come to pay to maintain them,

then they will be "Our" Parks and Beach's again...


xians421 Aug. 29, 2010 @ 2:35 p.m.

$20 an hour. That'll keep the riff-raff out.

Hey wait just a darn minute . . . . .I'm the riff-raff. rats


Founder Aug. 29, 2010 @ 5:42 p.m.

Reply Most of US are riff-raff So I guess the next questions is: Why are we allowing this to happen to "our" Parks & Beaches?


SurfPuppy619 Aug. 30, 2010 @ 6:51 a.m.

$20 an hour. That'll keep the riff-raff out.

Hey wait just a darn minute . . . . .I'm the riff-raff. rats

LOL..you, me and 90% of San Diego.


Founder Aug. 30, 2010 @ 9:22 a.m.

"Thank You Members of the City Council for allowing me to speak today,

I represent the Riff-Raff of San Diego and I'd like to say that we...


Robert Johnston Aug. 30, 2010 @ 11:33 a.m.

$20 an hour just to use a freaking gazebo? Talk about a Captain Stupid in the Parks And Wreck Depatment!

Sadly, we po' folks just do not matter to those whom inhabit any City Hall. The elected residents there are too busy living out the Golden Rule. As in: "They who have the gold, make the rules." And if their corporate sugar-daddies want them to play Froggie (as in "JUMP, FROGGIE!"), the inhabitants of City Hall only get to ask one question: "How High And Far"?

Perhaps it will not be long before The Powers That Be start offering $500 and a one-way bus ticket to those of us making under $50,00/year, just so the rich can have the city to themselves?

Or the county, for that matter--since We The People obviously do not?



nan shartel Aug. 30, 2010 @ 11:52 a.m.

i wonder when they'll start chargin' for the sunshine :-(


Founder Aug. 30, 2010 @ 3:53 p.m.

Reply to LPR's comment #6

If you pay "$20 an hour just to use a freaking gazebo" of course they will also throw in all the Park space nearby, they just don't want to mention that they are in essence "renting sections of the Park", renting a gazebo is just "$PIN and it makes it sound less threatening!

Perhaps someone would like to call P & R and find out what exactly you get for your $20 per hour, the time minimum, how much area come with that that, does that include reserved parking and check if residents can or cannot use the nearby area while you are renting the gazebo... That would make for a great info post...


Founder Aug. 30, 2010 @ 3:57 p.m.

Reply to nan's #7 Of course, By making everyone living here paying BIG Taxes.


Evelyn Sept. 1, 2010 @ 9:49 a.m.

I almost thought this was fake when I first read it. Alas, it is not. The city's going to have a horrible time enforcing this though. No one will want to move little Joe's bday party because, although, they were at the gazebo first, little Mary's parents paid to rent the gazebo.


nan shartel Sept. 1, 2010 @ 11:03 a.m.


of course ur right founder...but even with the sunshine throw in it make for a sour face...dang it!!! :-(


nan shartel Sept. 1, 2010 @ 11:05 a.m.


interesting thought blueevey



Founder Sept. 1, 2010 @ 1:13 p.m.

Reply #12 & #10

The whole thing sounds kinda $HADY!

BTW: I called P & R (619) 525-8222

And got the usual reply, "I don't anything about that" ...

I wanted to find out:

How much land goes with the Gazebo? Is beer & or Alcohol allowed in rented Gazebo parties? Is some "reserved" Parking included and if so how many slots? Does P & R or the Park Police enforce who can attend? What Parks have Gazebo's for rent?

If someone can find out please let US know, since it's our Park or at least it was, until now...


nan shartel Sept. 5, 2010 @ 11:27 a.m.


"dey don' know nutten" Founder...but i bet they'll be right there with their hands out to collect the money

and i bet there's no land time purchase...only the Gazebo structure itself...and it sits on public beach property!!!

i think we the public should get the money!!!

our taxes pay for the upkeep of that area!!!

i can't tell u how many times i see areas of bay front kinda cordoned off for special party event...next they'll be charging for tree shaded areas...then the sand...then the 1st 50 feet into the bay

i'm feeling like a skeptic today...sorry

i hope u can get some answers to ur very relevant pointed questions

good on ya for trying!!!


Founder Sept. 5, 2010 @ 4:14 p.m.

Reply #14 We can find out more on Tuesday... but if you want to really see "a skeptic" in action, check this out in the "mean" time http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...


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