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City officials name playground in Mission Beach after beloved community activist

The playground will be named after Maruta Gardner, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver back in 2016 while she was cleaning up graffiti near Mission Beach.
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SAN DIEGO — Mayor Kevin Faulconer and other city officials held a ground-breaking ceremony Tuesday morning on a $3.4 million renovation for the Bonita Cove playground at Mission Bay Park.

Once complete, the playground will be named after Maruta Gardner, who was struck and killed by a drunk driver back in 2016 while she was cleaning up graffiti near Mission Beach.

She was a longtime Mission Beach resident who was known for her work in the community.

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The renovation will include a half-acre playground, a shade structure, sidewalks and pedestrian curb ramps along with enhanced security lighting.

Credit: KFMB
Credit: KFMB