University Heights is a wonderful residential community that sits above Mission Valley and is surrounded by beautiful canyons. This neighborhood once featured the Mission Cliff Gardens, the Harvey Bentley Ostrich Farm and the original trolley system’s barn. Today, University Heights is home to a vibrant business district along Park Boulevard and the award-winning Trolley Barn Park.
Trolley Barn Park is on Adams Avenue, just east of Park Boulevard and is popular with young families and hosts free concerts on Friday evenings during the summer. Sidewalks around the playground in the park are laid out in a pattern mimicking the local street plan, a design also echoed on the carved stone plaque.
In 1994 community development funds were allocated to construct a street overhead sign. In 1995 a contest was held calling for entries from local artists for the street sign design. Kevin Whaley's winning concept design was unveiled at the University Heights Community Association meeting. The design incorporated historical elements from the past and present within the community.
In 1996 the City of San Diego awarded the construction project to Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO). On April 3, 1997 the sign was unveiled and illuminated for the first time during a community celebration. The ribbon was cut by then-Mayor Susan Golding and several dignitaries were on hand. The sign serves to day as a local landmark and identity for the University Heights community.