I am a resident at 15th St. and Virginia and my boyfriend and I regularly take walks to Coronado Park and enjoy interacting with those we see along the way. The feel of the park is not welcoming; it is foreboding. If I were alone I would not feel safe. There needs to be improved lighting, to start.
Secondly, during the day the park is hot and feels barren. The oak trees will be gone within ten years, as they are clearly diseased and dying (we've had the same problem in my complex at the Virginia Park Villas) on 15th St. A CLEAR, well thought out, professionally designed landscape architecture would absolutely revitilze this park. Think desert plants, like Palo Verde's, hedges of shrubs like sage brush (blooms purple flowers), and an intersting instead of flat landscape. Unfortunately, we are still buying intot he idea of lawns being a necessity, when in fact, a mossy ground covering would use 1/10th the amount of water and would provide a nice cushion for a picnic blanket.
I recommend reading "Food not Lawns" and contacting the expert landscape architects and designers, as well as interior designers we have in our Hood for advice that is both well thoguht out and beautiful.
PS. And I agree with Mr. Murray's concerns and assessments stated previously. The 12th St. round-a-bout is a highlight of this neighborhood and should be looked to as a microcosmis example of what to implement in the macro landscape of the park.