The North Park community is situated in San Diego, California, USA. It is located to the north by the canyons overlooking Mission Valley, bounded to the northeast of Balboa Park, on the south there is Juniper Street in the South Park area, on the west by Florida Canyon and Hillcrest and on the east by City Heights and highway 805.
El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue are the main east-west roads in the neighborhood. University Avenue takes you east to City Heights and La Mesa, and west to Hillcrest. 30th Street connects North Park to Adams Avenue and Normal Heights to the north, and to South Park and Golden Hill to the south. Texas Street heads north directly into Mission Valley. El Cajon Boulevard leads east to the city of El Cajon and west to Washington Avenue and Mission Hills. Florida Street connects North Park to Downtown through Florida Canyon in Balboa Park to the south, and to Adams Avenue and University Heights to the north.
The 30th Street and University Avenue sign in North Park can be seen easily, and these cross-streets are often thought of to be the heart of the community. This neighborhood has sub neighborhoods of Altadena, Burlingame, and the Morley Field part. North Park is part of the San Diego City Council District 3, and 53rd congressional district. The North Park Community Association NPCA, are Locals in the community and have a great and active volunteer groups. The NPCA sponsors free Bird Park Summer Concerts, it also manages a Stop Graffiti Now! group, and promotes local shops with its Member Discount Program. North Park’s shops are is also sponsored by a business better district called North Park Main Street. In the 2000s North Park has seen major increments in home prices. People in the neighborhood think this is proof that North Park has gone through change, but no one has done housing or population research that has to be done to prove this message.
San Diego merchant Joseph Nash sold 40 acres in1893. He sold land northeast of Balboa Park, he wished to develop a lemon grove style of community. The Hartley’s started the tough procedure of cleaning the land in able start the dirt for the grove, but giving the trees proper watering was always an issue. Barrels of water had to be taken from downtown up a trail cart that would be later called Pershing Drive.
As the growing of San Diego finally caught up with the firstly thought out Hartley lemon grove, it later was surrounded by 32nd Street to the east, Ray Street to the west, Dwight Street to the south and University Avenue to the north. Hartley named his location Hartley’s North Park, and many years after, the name obviously stayed as the town of San Diego called the new suburbs North Park. In 1911, Hartley’s eldest son, Jack, and a relative (brother-in-law William Jay Stevens) developed the plot into one of San Diego’s first residential and commercial districts. After first establishing “Stevens & Hartley”, North Park’s first real estate firm, in 1905, Jack and William built North Park’s first “high rise” commercial building, the Stevens building, on the northwest corner of 30th Street and University Avenue (today’s “Western Dental” building) in 1912. Thirtieth & University” became North Park’s symbolic place name – and within 10 years, this became the heart of the community.
Every Thursday the community has a Farmers Market in the parking lot situated at University and 32nd Streets. The Market has well over 35 vendors. Each stand has books, locally grown produce, arts and crafts, gourmet ethnic foods, and live music. North Park also has a large percentage of pedestrian activity. This neighborhood is one of the most mixed locations in San Diego. It has a large sum of population of Caucasians, Latinos, and LGBT people.
There are tons of restaurants, bars, as well as independent coffee stores, specialty shops can be seen the main streets of 30th Street and University Avenue. The Ray at Night is a gallery walk scheduled every second Saturday’s of each month in the neighborhood. It is the biggest and stretched artwalk in the history of San Diego. The home of Lyric Opera San Diego is the Birch North Park Theatre, Its doors were reopened after restorations back in 2005. The San Diego Music Foundation sponsors a big music festival calle the North Park Music Thing.
North Park is a community blended with architectural tastes and designs from different times, The Morley Field area of North Park is a well known location, called for its closeness to Balboa Park’s Morley Field Building, this location is filled with Bungalows homes. Many of the houses were planned by architectural designer David Owen Dryden, this location is the place for the Dryden Historic District. This district which is historical has the houses in 28th and Pershing Streets, these where surrounded by the south of Upas St., and to the north by Landis St. There is a tradition in North Park held each year- called the North Park Lions Club Holiday Parade.