Mission Valley is slated to get its first slice of parkland later this year, a long-awaited dedication for the community of about 18,000.

Mayor Jerry Sanders, Councilwoman Donna Frye and Councilman Kevin Faulconer are scheduled to hold a press conference tomorrow to announce plans to dedicate the 3.5-acre Sefton Park as official city parkland, according to a press release. The city currently already owns the plot, but officially dedicating it as parkland exempts it from being sold.

Sanders allocated $500,000 in this year’s budget to develop the land, which is located on the north side of Interstate 8 near Hotel Circle. Mission Valley community groups plan to meet to discuss how to use the money.

Frye’s spokesman, Kevin Smith, said the park could officially be dedicated by the end of 2006.

SAM HODGSON

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