My journey . . .

At this point, it’s hard to recall how I first got involved. The Heights’ campus seemed like pretty much every other school when my son attended (up through last year) but I knew the buildings were aging and due for a makeover. Why not now?

Then I heard about the fields being shriveled – consumed by parking spaces, an internal traffic queue, and ballooning buildings. My first thought was WHY. I thought the community school population was either on the downslope or flatlined. Why in the world would those amazing fields be targeted in a rebuild of the Heights? It seemed so incongruous and unnecessary that I had my doubts as to whether it could actually be true.

But it definitely got more personal then. Those outside play areas have been a big part of my family’s life – they are our public parks.

It motivated me to start digging into what was happening, and why. I found surprises, so I took extra time to make sure what I thought I had discovered was actually real. I checked and double checked, sometimes more. I cross examined others about what they thought they knew, and I cross examined myself. I made calls to experts and government officials. I studied the documents again and again. I had a TON of help from many great people and could not have done this alone by any stretch, but this story is about my journey.

Most of what I learned is on this website, or soon will be. It’s different than what you’ve been told. I think there might well be some shock. I’m sorry if it upsets anyone. But I feel certain it must be shared.

The most disappointing thing I discovered was the widespread agreement in the community that losing the fields was a tragedy – yet the pervasive belief it was inevitable. Time and again I heard “I agree, but what can we do?”

We formed this organization to find out.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

John Gartman
co-Founder
Play Outside Del Mar

3 thoughts on “My journey . . .

  1. Hopefully your great website will help motivate our neighbors to fight back against the proposed DM Heights school plans which
    take away the ball fields and green space.

  2. We must preserve the Magic of this very special place! It cannot be replaced! Preserve it for our children and future generations!

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