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briercrest park

9001 Wakarusa St.

La Mesa, CA 91942

32.781324, -117.002786

Dog-Friendly: Yes  Kid-Friendly: Yes



About Briercrest Park

Briercrest Park is a small yet lovely park located near the Grossmont Healthcare Center in La Mesa.  I was originally drawn towards this park when I learned that James Hubbell and the Hubbell & Hubbell architecture studio had designed multiple features in the park including a mosaic butterfly along one of the pathways, a labyrinth as well as some mosaic pieces on the bathroom walls.

While you’re in the area, make sure to visit Mt. Helix Park nearby!

This place ended up exceeding my expectations pretty quickly when I stumbled across five giant wind instruments for the public to tinker with.  The thing about these instruments though is that they play so beautifully!

I can see musicians coming out here to record sound for their albums they are that beautiful.  There is also an herbal “sensory” garden with labels of each plant.

There is a small rock-climbing station and whimsical paths that seem to have more thought than your average playground/park.  I have already visited this park two times now to show different friends.  One day I’d like to come out here with a handful of musicians to watch them shine their magic on the instruments!

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  • Leah B
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    I live in La Mesa but had never known about this park until reading about it here. (We’ve only been here a year.) It’s so wonderfully designed and triggers a magical whimsy through its design. I took my 3-year-old and baby and had a lovely late morning exploring all the details of this place. We’ll be back again for sure, especially after the weather cools down!

    October 14, 2020

  • Ginell Bahri
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    My friend & I +my doggo, decided to explore La Mesa today and this was our 4th stop. From the beginning the landscape was really pretty and I liked the cool mosaic butterfly on the floor and bathrooms. There were some older folk sitting on picnic table with a built in plastic looking umbrella shade. We both really liked the cute little bridges that went over what should be water i believe but it hasn’t been raining so maybe that’s why it was dry, just rocks, but still nice. We walked over to the playground area which had the music area next to it. That was the fun part haha I love the sounds we made with the instruments. Quality cute park in a nutshell.

    December 16, 2020

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