One of San Diego’s most beautiful community parks is located in La Mesa. It’s called Briercrest Park.
I toured Briercrest Park yesterday during the 2022 San Diego Architectural Foundation’s annual Open House event.
The winding paths I walked along were shiny wet from a recent rain. The grass was green. The air was fresh, the sun peeking out from behind clouds. Surrounding nature smelled so good. I felt at peace.
I soon learned that feeling was by design.
Our tour group gathered by an amazing mosaic labyrinth created by renowned local artist James Hubbell. His architect son, Drew, was on hand to tell us about the Hubbell created public art around the park. Glen of Schmidt Design Group, the landscape architect who designed the park some 20 years ago, was also there.
Well, you can see in my upcoming photos what an extraordinary place this is.
I’ll let my photo captions explain some of what I learned.
The above map near one entrance contains information about Briercrest Park, which was designed to emphasize the “healing and restorative values of green park space in an urban environment.”
The site, originally a reservoir, features a central wetland where water runoff collects. Turf mounds radiate outward from the watery center, like expanding ripples. Gentle bridges add a scenic touch. Native drought tolerant plants and trees are lush, providing refuge for the spirit.
Kids are encouraged to meander about, explore the fun playground, art and nature. Who knows what they might discover?
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