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The City of Lemon Grove is an intimate community of about 26,000 residents in southeast San Diego County. As a small municipality nested within an expansive metropolis, Lemon Grove faces the unique challenge of preserving its unique history and small town charm amidst a largely urban landscape. The city’s small town attributes are not only attractive to residents and visitors, but they also allow for more feasible implementation of rapid and widespread sustainable practices. The City of Lemon Grove continues to gain momentum as a model of sustainability as it seeks innovative ways to address both community and global needs.

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Lester Avenue Parking Structure
Design proposal for Lester Avenue Parking Structure in Lemon Grove, San Diego State University
Nonprofit and Government Partnerships: Addressing Specific Needs of the City of Lemon Grove through Nonprofit Collaboration
The research in this report was created through a partnership between the City of Lemon Grove and the Sage Project at San Diego State University during the spring of 2017. This research was completed by students in an upper division Public Administration class, titled Nonprofit Organizations and Government. This work sought to understand how the City of Lemon Grove could best meet emerging needs of the growing population and diverse community within the city. The goals of the city included collecting data from individuals about their perceptions and preferences regarding such topics as safety, parks and recreation (including amenities and use), community gardens, public art and Lemon Grove’s overall image. This report details data that were collected through a survey of residents and non-residents of Lemon Grove. The data were analyzed to determine specific unmet or under-addressed needs of the city. Needs that were identified included: community gardens and increased nature in public spaces; parks and family-oriented play areas; community and youth events; safety concerns; senior resident social services; and homelessness. The goal of this research was to identify viable partnerships between the City of Lem¬on Grove and local nonprofit organizations within the San Diego County area. Survey results, in conjunction with the specific needs expressed by the City of Lemon Grove, allowed us to assess the community needs and identify potential partners with a data-driven approach. Potential nonprofit partnerships were determined for each unmet or under-addressed need that was identified. The recommendations for nonprofit partnerships were those deemed to be most appropriate and beneficial for the City of Lemon Grove., San Diego State University
Partnership with the City of Lemon Grove, California: Summary Report 2016 - 2017
This is a summary of projects completed with the City of Lemon Grove as part of the 2016-17 partnership with the Sage Project at San Diego State University., San Diego State University
Placemaking and Homelessness in the City of Lemon Grove
In collaboration with the Sage Project at San Diego State University and the City of Lemon Grove, this report details the methods and findings of the Spring 2017 course, Communication 462. Qualitative data were collected using ethnographic techniques, including in-person interviews with Lemon Grove residents, to examine placemaking and homelessness in Lemon Grove. An ethnographic approach allowed for an in-depth and empathetic view of these subjects and development of creative solutions to the problems faced by Lemon Grove. Communication, as both an area of concern and a source of potential solutions, emerged as a recurring theme in our interactions with Lemon Grove residents. Our recommendations include increased communication and community awareness, equitable access to key resources, and revitalization and implementation of community traditions, gatherings, and other events., San Diego State University
Recreation Services Recommendations for Lemon Grove: Cost-Effective Community Engagement
Following a request from the City of Lemon Grove's Recreation Department, the students of San Diego State University’s Public Health 603 Behavioral and Social Science in Public Health class created various reports on how to perform an appropriate needs assessment to determine what the Lemon Grove residents need, and then offered options for low-cost programs for the Recreation Department to consider implementing. While a needs assessment could not be conducted during the time frame of the Fall 2021 semester, the options provided are based on the diverse population of Lemon Grove and can be adjusted according to the results of an implemented needs assessment. The class recommends two separate programs: If a greater number of resources can be secured, we recommend implementing an after-school program that focuses on nutrition, physical activity, and mental well-being following homework. If fewer resources are available, we recommend holding recurrent activity classes in the parks of Lemon Grove. Examples for these activities would be Zumba, yoga, tai chi, or arts and crafts. Some funding opportunities are provided, although these largely focus on the after-school program., San Diego State University
Recreation for Adults Aged 65+ in Lemon Grove
This report addresses the City of Lemon Grove's goal to better understand the needs of seniors and expand recreation opportunities for senior residents. Part one of this report analyzes data drawn from a class survey performed in Dr. Henrike Blumenfeld’s SLHS 580 Communication Processes and Aging Course. Part two of this report presents data gathered from a survey and supplemental phone call interviews with residents of Lemon Grove specifically. A team of students in SLHS 595 Research Practicum (led by Dr. Henrike Blumenfeld and Dr. Jessica Barlow), conducted these surveys and interviews and collected data about current recreation and the top recreation opportunities that seniors in Lemon Grove would like to see offered in their community. Drawing on the combined data, part three of the report proposes a set of low-cost recommendations for the City of Lemon Grove to enhance recreational offerings for seniors. These recommendations have three focuses: current recreational activities, desired recreational activities, and a senior advisory committee., San Diego State University
Reports from the Sage Project Partnership with the City of Lemon Grove
San Diego State University, Executive summaries from all of the project reports produced during the Sage Project partnership with the City of Lemon Grove, Academic Year 2016-17.
Resident and Nonresident Views on Potential Improvements to the City of Lemon Grove
This report details the findings of research commissioned by the City of San Diego and carried out by student-researchers at San Diego State University on the issue of ways to improve the City of Lemon Grove and what improvements participants were most highly interested in. To answer this question, we interviewed both nonresidents and residents of Lemon Grove with an attached survey containing open-ended and multiple choice questions. Our findings indicated that residents were most interested in improving the city’s parks, improving its general infrastructure, implementing more nature in public areas, increasing youth activities, and increasing community events by way of street fairs with live music. Recommendations based on these findings are discussed within the report., San Diego State University
Street Tree Programs in the City of Lemon Grove: An Overview of Comparable Cities, Resources, and Recommendations
As part of the Sage Project’s partnership with the City of Lemon Grove, CA, the students of B A 400 Business Honors Seminar conducted an assessment for a street tree program in Lemon Grove to address the City’s Greening a New Renewable City initiative. The Cities of Brawley and Ridgecrest are offered as case studies to illustrate the cost and resources required to introduce a street tree program., San Diego State University
Urban Edible Landscapes in Lemon Grove: City Park Orchards, Community Gardens, and School Gardens
In partnership with the City of Lemon Grove and the Sage Project at San Diego State University, this study analyzed the feasibility and popularity of building various urban agriculture programs in Lemon Grove. City park fruit orchards, local community gardens, and after-school garden programs were found to be the most feasible urban greening methods for Lemon Grove. Between January and June of 2017, our team conducted interviews with community leaders and city residents to determine interest in urban agriculture programs. We examined the practical challenges that Lemon Grove may face in implementing public park orchards, community gardens, and after-school garden programs and developed recommendations for the city to introduce scalable solutions for successful implementation. Lemon Grove residents recognize the benefits of adding green space and are motivated to build urban agriculture and edible landscapes in Lemon Grove. Edible landscapes can help promote sustainable development, city beautification, community growth, and nutritional education for Lemon Grove. Urban agriculture can help promote a healthier, more sustainable, and more secure community in Lemon Grove. As part of a community wellbeing initiative, public park orchards, community gardens, and school gardens can prevent obesity and positively affect community public health outcomes. With a year-round growing season and the “best climate on earth,” Lemon Grove can feasibly move towards a more healthful, sustainable future by planting edible landscapes and urban agriculture., San Diego State University
Water Management and Community Cleanliness in Lemon Grove
The City of Lemon Grove has partnered with the Sage Project and environmental engineering students at San Diego State University to address several of the City’s environmental goals. Students in the Environmental Engineering Seminar course (ENV E 101) collaborated in teams to develop cost-effective proposals to manage stormwater runoff, water usage, and litter hotspots in Lemon Grove., San Diego State University