PARK & REC: AN ODE TO UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS
The thought behind the new Park & Rec’s concept is strongly linked to it’s neighborhood: University Heights. Get to know a little bit of what this neighborhood was about in the past and discover how Park & Rec aims to make you relive some of it’s bearing.
1. University Heights was home to an ostrich farm in the early 1900’s. Ostrich feathers were in great demand for fashion purposes such as hats and boas. You’ll find ostriches being the leitmotif at Park & Rec.
2. Designer Marianne Berg worked with ELE Collective to keep many historical aspects of the neighborhood intact such as the stained glass windows, ornate wooden doors, and intricate molding, which celebrate the architectural tradition of the neighborhood.
3. The gold rum cocktail that you will find on the menu called: The Bluffs – is named after Trolley Barn Park located only a block away from Park & Rec. The park was originally known as The Bluffs in the 1800’s.
4. The Bluffs was renamed Mission Cliff Park in 1895 and it rapidly became popular amongst locals and tourists. The park had a playground, a merry go round and a shooting gallery. San Diegans made Mission Cliff Park their “Sunday Spot”. In memory of this idea, Park & Rec offers games such as corn hole, shuffleboard and ping pong tables. Sunday’s at the bar will have a “Sunday Day Camp” theme, aiming to have entertainment, fun and games going on all day long providing the neighborhood with the new Sunday Spot.
5. Mission Cliff Park was host to dancing parties in it’s main pavilion. It was also home to theatre and music performances. Expect to listen to live music on a regular basis at Park & Rec and if you get lucky enough, you may walk into a dancing performance.
Photo Credits: San Diego Historical Society