District 7 Arts & Culture News: Sitting Down with Councilmember Scott Sherman
Updated: Aug 30, 2019
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and meet with Councilmember Scott Sherman and Sheldon Zemen, who is the Council Representative for the Linda Vista and Tierrasanta Neighborhoods.
Councilmember Scott Sherman is the eyes and ears of District 7. His role is to keep everything in the district running and running as smoothly as possible. As an avid fisherman, Councilmember Sherman loves experiencing the outdoors in District 7. He expressed a particular fondness for Mission Trails Regional Park and Cowles Mountain Trail.
When asked about his personal interest in arts and culture, Councilmember Sherman shared that he is a fine artist who specializes in pencil drawings. In fact, he used to bring his easel to Balboa Park and enjoy the opportunity to draw outside and enjoy the natural beauty of the park. He specializes in drawings of wildlife and nature.
Councilmember Sherman shared the story about how he grew up coming to and playing in Balboa Park. Just out of the military, money was scarce, so his father would give Sherman and his sister a parachute, and they would take turns running down the hills of Balboa Park with the parachute trailing behind them and catching in the wind.
When sharing what he enjoys most about arts and culture in District 7, Councilmember Sherman highlighted the Mission Trails Park Art Walk and the exhibitions in the visitor’s center. Another favorite mentioned was First Fridays Allied Gardens summer concerts in the park and Concert in the Park Tierrasanta. Council Representative Zemen also shared his excitement about the new skatepark in Linda Vista, which is the second largest skatepark in the country. According to Zemen, skateboarding enthusiasts come from around the world to visit this skatepark right in our backyard.
Both Councilmember Sherman and Council Representative Zemen were happy to report that they provided over 1,300 families in District 7 with Balboa Park Explorer Passes through the Community Access Pass and Military Appreciation Pass programs. Focusing primarily on low-income families and military families, they were able to provide access to the 16 museums in Balboa Park.
When asked about his priorities for arts and culture in District 7, Councilmember Sherman shared that he would like to see more involvement in the different communities of District 7. He explained that not every neighborhood has a tie to arts and culture, so he is hoping to see more burgeoning partnerships with different groups in the district.
In terms of the biggest opportunities for arts and culture, Councilmember Sherman is looking forward to the growth of the River Park Master Plan, which will restore the relationship between the river and surrounding neighborhoods, many of which are in District 7. These walking, biking, and hiking trails will link the Pacific Ocean and inland to Santee and beyond.