The San Dieguito River Park
18372 Sycamore Creek Rd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (858) 674-2270
Fax: (858) 674-2280
The River Park has converted from a print-based distribution system to a web-based system. If you are interested in receiving e-mail notices when the quarterly activity schedule is posted to the website, and news of special events occurring in the Park, click above to send us an e-mail.
What's New at SDRP
Take a Beekeeping Class at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead
Saturday April 26 2 pm to 4 pm
Cost $25 benefits Sikes Adobe Click here for flyer for more info.
HIGH-TECH HIGH NORTH COUNTY (SAN MARCOS) STUDENTS COMPLETE COAST TO CREST TRAIL HIKE
Above: The intrepid hikers arrive at North Beach in Del Mar on the final day of hiking
San Dieguito River Park Board 2013 Chair Jim Cunningham decided to hike the whole Coast to Crest Trail during his term of office. Starting at the east end, he and his co-hikers (Dick Bobertz and Bill Simmons) completed the 71-mile hike in six days. Click here for a photo essay of the whole journey from Volcan Mountain to Del Mar.
The last six miles of the Jim Cunningham Coast to Crest Hike culminated with a celebration on the beach with invites to all those who have given generously of their time and resources over the last 25 years to make the San Dieguito River Park a reality. On Tuesday, February 11th, the group finished the hike, arriving at Dog Beach around noon for a celebration of all the people who worked on the trail over the years!
SIKES ADOBE CREAMERY RE-CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
Re-construction of the Sikes Adobe Creamery is proceeding, with funding provided by the Friends of Sikes Adobe and the County of San Diego at the recommendation of 3rd District Supervisor Dave Roberts. In addition, we've received donated materials - Portland cement and masonry sand from RCP Block, through owner Mike Finch, and donated services from Pete Camarda, mason and instructor at Montgomery Adult School. They completed the east and west walls, installed window headers, and then completed the north and south gable ends, per supervisor David Phillips' directions. The two pictures below were taken in February 2014 (click to enlarge). The pictures below that were taken in November 2013.
Work remaining: install door and windows with shutters; add roof shingles; apply mud plaster to inside and outside walls. Tentative dates for the Grand Opening Ceremony are in April 2014. Stay tuned!
Re-construction of the Sikes Adobe Creamery is proceeding, with funding provided by the Friends of Sikes Adobe and the County of San Diego at the recommendation of 3rd District Supervisor Dave Roberts. In addition, we've received donated materials - Portland cement and masonry sand from RCP Block, through owner Mike Finch, and donated services from Pete Camarda, mason and instructor at Montgomery Adult School. They completed the east and west walls, installed window headers, and then completed the north and south gable ends, per supervisor David Phillips' directions. These pictures were taken November 9th.
WEDDING AT SIKES ADOBE HISTORIC FARMHOUSE
Click on photo below for more images
Above: Lyric and Matteo
Photos by Jim Coffee
FIRE RECOVERY PRESENTATION
San Dieguito River Park Resources & Trails Manager Jason Lopez and Senior Ranger Natalie Borchardt gave a presentation at the 2013 State Trails Conference about the San Dieguito River Park's experience in recovering from the devastating 2007 Witch Fire. Click here to see a pdf version of their presentation.
ROTARY WORK DAY AT THE LAGOON 2013
Senior Ranger Natalie Borchardt, who planned this year's work project, gives thanks to Rotary volunteers Pat Dougherty and Bob Fuchs, the Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Clubs and Troop 713 for making this project an outstanding success and an asset to the River Park for years to come. We truly appreciate you taking the time to volunteer and share your expertise. Click here for a few photos of the day. Thank you!
American Society of Landscape Architects
Awards $5000 for Improvements at
Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead
PLEIN AIR ARTISTS ENJOY PAINTING SCENES OF THE
SAN DIEGUITO LAGOON
BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH PONIES
AT SIKES ADOBE HISTORIC FARMSTEAD
Click here to learn more about having your child's birthday party at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. (photos by Jim Coffee)
La Jolla High Students Learn about Wetlands at the San Dieguito Lagoon May 31st
For more information about the Pioneer Farmstead Birthday options, including pony rides, click here
NEW! SHOP ONLINE FOR SAN DIEGUITO RIVER PARK MERCHANDISE
ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT SDRP VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS Click here to begin.
Click here to see a photo gallery on the U-T website showing 7th graders from Oceanside's Cesar Chavez Middle School who returned to the San Dieguito Wetlands near Del Mar to monitor and maintain native plants they planted there earlier in the year and observe wildlife. It's an environmental education effort of the Ocean Connectors, an organization funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and S.D.G.& E. that teaches kids the importance of science and the environment. A big thanks to Carolyn Lieberman from US Fish and Wildlife, Frances Kinney at Ocean Connectors, Kelly Sarber, and River Park rangers Natalie Borchardt and Leana Bulay, plus SDG&E's generosity who helped make this event (and the year-long school program) happen !
HABITAT RESTORATION WORK PARTY AT THE SAN DIEGUITO LAGOON
Above, Rangers Dante Lee and Natalie Borchardt demonstrate planting techniques for the volunteer work party. Photos by Jim Coffee
Above and below: Volunteers plant new native wetland plants
Volunteers came from all over the county: San Diego, El Cajon, Idyllwild, Warner's, Julian, Borrego, and Ramona. Everyone came ready to work with gloves and shovels, power tools, mowers, ladders, shop vacs, and some brought their trucks. Read more about it here.
CONSTRUCTION FINISHED ON
"RATTLESNAKE" VIEW PLATFORM Click here to find out all about it.
Del Dios Gorge Eucalyptus Removal and Habitat Restoration Project Begins
MY BIG BACKYARD: KIDS EXPLORING OUR SENSE OF PLACE
An exciting new pilot education program called "Exploring Our Sense of Place: My Big Backyard," developed and implemented by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and funded by the Sempra Energy Foundation, is wrapping up. The program consisted of a series of eight theme-based outdoor experiences for youth ages 9-11. A major part of My Big Backyard focused on attracting young participants who wouldn't normally use the Park.
The program was geared to underserved areas offering free tuition to participating families through the grant funding. The October 23rd Plant and Pollinator series hosted at the San Dieguito River Park office was a great event for all who attended. A program of butterflies, other pollinators, and plants was followed by a nature walk on the Highland Valley Trail. The series was concluded with the release of 15 live Monarch butterflies. Click here for photos.
On October 30th was the Early Settler's series, held at Sikes Adobe. The kids learned about doing laundry, making marbles, making a scarecrow and lots more. Click here for photos.
The San Diego Media Arts Center's Teen Producers Program was present to film the program. San Diego Media Tech also attended next Sunday's event at Sikes Adobe based on the Early Settlers of the region. "My Big Backyard" documentary will be available in early 2012. Click here for photos of the young documentarians at work.
NOTICE: PROPOSED SAN DIEGO FY 14-15 BUDGET ELIMINATES FUNDING FOR SAN DIEGUITO RIVER PARK
TAKE ACTION TODAY
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has requested a cost benefit analysis by May 5th for the portion of the San Dieguito River Park that is in the City of San Diego. We are confident that the cost benefit analysis will show that the services the San Dieguito River Park provide well exceed the $254,100 which would be the City's share of the SDRP budget in FY 2014-15. Please see attached fact sheet. This fact sheet shows that 85% of the $170 million in grants and awards spent in the San Dieguito River Valley over the last 25 years has been spent on projects in the City of San Diego, benefitting City of San Diego residents. It also shows that if the funding is eliminated, the job of managing and patrolling the 30 miles of trails that the River Park currently manages and patrols in the City of San Diego would become the responsibility of the City, but without the leverage of the other five agencies. If you are concerned, please contact your councilmember and Mayor Kevin Faulconer to let them know you would like to see the City of San Diego continue as an ongoing contributing member of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority.
Let your Councilmember and the Mayor know why you care about the San Dieguito River Park. If you use the trails, you support regional planning and love the vision of a "Coast to Crest Trail", you care about conservation and water quality and environmental education - let them know, and urge them to resume their status as a contributing member of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority.
The Dust Devil Nature Trail and Staging Area at the San Dieguito Lagoon (on El Camino Real) is now OPEN effective 3/28/14. It was due to construction vehicles moving through the area to improve the wetland restoration project west of I-5.
The Lagoon Boardwalk
is OPEN. The Fairgrounds (22nd Agricultural District) has removed signage that identified a temporary DETOUR that directed trail users to Jimmy Durante Blvd through Gate 3.
"BIRDWING" LAGOON OPEN AIR CLASSROOM TAKES SHAPE
(Above) The shade structure (contractor ICS, Inc.) taken March 7, 2014. Estimated completion of this phase is April 15th. Remaining work at the job site will be completed by SDRP Ranger staff and volunteers.
On Thursday October 24, 2013, the ground was broken for Phase Two of the San Dieguito Lagoon Open Air Classroom project. Dan Crown of Southwest General Contractors of Escondido is the contractor for this phase. The picture below, taken 1/24/14, shows the first, second and fourth row of concrete bench seats, the concrete columns that will hold up the shade structure, and the line of boulders that frame one side of the classroom. (Click to enlarge)
The Lagoon Open Air Classroom is expected to be completed by March 15, 2014.
SAVE THE DATE: THE GRAND OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE "BIRDWING" LAGOON OPEN AIR CLASSROOM HAS BEEN SET FOR TUESDAY MAY 13, 2014 AT 10:00 A.M.
Scientists Visit San Dieguito Lagoon
65 scientists from the Southern California Chinese American Environmental Protection Agency visited the San Dieguito Lagoon in August for a briefing by Senior Ranger Natalie Borchardt. The organizer was Charles Cheng of the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Click photo below to enlarge.
Click here to learn more about our new initiative, funded by the San Diego Foundation and SDGE, known as the Citizen Science Multiple-Species Monitoring Program. This program will help us learn more about the numbers and locations of key wildlife species in the San Dieguito River Valley, and how they are affected by various barriers, such as roads and housing.
The San Dieguito River Park has launched its Trail App, sdrpmobile.org! Scan the QR code above and check out its features. Click here to read a pdf guide to how to use the App. The App includes birds and plants of the San Dieguito River Valley, trail maps, directions to trailheads and more. Although some features are still under construction, others are ready now. Try out the Lagoon Interpretive Walk as you walk along the Lagoon Trail. You can read information about the features along the trail, or listen to the information in English or Spanish.
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON
TRAILSIDE OPEN AIR CLASSROOM
Photo by Senior Ranger Natalie Borchardt
Click here for more photos and information about this project.
NEW HORSEPARK TRAIL SEGMENT IS OPEN
Another 1/2 mile of the Coast to Crest Trail was opened to the public on Saturday January 12, 2013.
Connecting to the existing Lagoon Trail, this makes 2 1/2 miles of the Coast to Crest Trail open in the lagoon area, stretching from Jimmy Durante Blvd. to El Camino Real.
This project was funded by a State Environmental Enhancement Mitigation Program (EEMP) Grant. Thank yous are in order to the River Park Rangers and Volunteers, and for the 22nd District Agricultural Association and Horsepark who cooperated in allowing the trail to be placed along their property, despite impacts to their operations.
Below are a few shots of the trail under construction.
Volunteers shaping trail after installing culverts for drainage
Removing large raised tree roots in the middle of the trail corridor
Spreading, shaping, watering and compacting trail tread surface
MAJOR TREE PLANTING WITH VOLUNTEERS JANUARY 21
Takeda Pharmaceuticals brought out 160 volunteers to plant 1000 trees in the Del Dios Gorge on Monday January 21st. The project was led by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Conservation Manager, Dave O'Connor. Below, the volunteers receive instructions before beginning work.
LAGOON BIRD WALKS ARE POPULAR
PLEASE JOIN US ON THE 3RD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH AT 8 AM AT THE SOUTH END OF SAN ANDRES DRIVE. Walks are led by experienced, knowledgeable birders who will be happy to answer your questions.
LAGOON ENTRY MONUMENT INSTALLED NOVEMBER 29
DESIGN BY PAUL RIHA, STONE IMAGERY
FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM THE COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF SUPERVISOR PAM SLATER-PRICE
GRADUATE STUDENTS STUDY LAGOON WATER TREATMENT PONDS
"Our research internship with the Water Research Institute allowed us to study the levels of carbon and nitrogen in the summer soil and water. We will now be further investigating the soil and water characteristics of the ponds by comparing previously collected and analyzed summer data to new winter data. This will provide a more complete understanding of how the treatment ponds are affected by heavy water flow during the winter months. Comparing the summer and winter data will indicate if the ponds are storing pollutants and preventing a harmful release into the newly restored wetland, even when under environmental stresses caused by excessive rainfall."
Elayna Bryant and Shelley Lawrence click here for their student poster on this project
Photos of new benches on the Dust Devil Nature Trail (map below). Photos taken by Stu Smith. Benches by Scott Stevenson.
Have You Heard of "The Birdwing"?
Read this link to an article in the Del Mar Sandpiper by River Park Volunteer Jeff Barnouw. It tells about River Park plans to build a trailside open air classroom called "The Birdwing" at the San Dieguito Lagoon. Here are a couple of PRELIMINARY concepts. (click to enlarge)
Below are some conceptual models of the shade structure over the open air classroom. Thanks to Supervisor Pam Slater-Price we have received funding to build the shade structure. The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is raising funds for the remainder of the project. Design Team: Spurlock-Poirier Landscape Architects and RNT Architects.
San Dieguito Lagoon Days
Students Learn About Nature at the San Dieguito Lagoon
Click here for information and photos of this great learning experience for 600 third-graders.
The Old Adobe Schoolhouse
in San Pasqual Valley
On May 19, 2012, Sikes Adobe Museum Manager Anne Cooper led a tour for the Congress of History at the site of the Old Adobe Schoolhouse in San Pasqual Valley. How sad that with so much positive to report in other areas, there is no progress to report regarding preserving, stabilizing or restoring this old building. Click on the photo above for more current photos and for photos of how it used to be when it was the one room schoolhouse that served the farming community in San Pasqual Valley.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE
SAN DIEGUITO RIVER PARK
Park Environmental Planner Shawna Anderson recently wrote an article on the history of the San Dieguito River Park:
NORTH COUNTY’S NATURAL TREASURE – A VISION OF SUCCESS
which was published on the American Planning Association website. Click here to read it and you are guaranteed to learn some interesting pieces of information you didn't know!
THANK YOU ROTARIANS!
ROTARIANS AT WORK DAY 2012
Escondido Sunrise Rotarians spent the day at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmhouse repairing and restaining the deck floors to keep this historic facility in good shape.
For more about the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmhouse, click here. For more about activities at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead,click here.
TRAIL MAINTENANCE WORKPARTY FEBRUARY 2012
Above, Ranger David Hekel loads tools in an SDRP truck before heading out with volunteers to do maintenance on the Piedras Pintadas Trail. Photos by Jim Coffee
San Dieguito River Mouth Opened Click here for stories and pictures
The planning area for the San Dieguito River Park is located in central San Diego County, at the northern edge of the City of San Diego. The western end begins at the ocean at Del Mar. The planning area follows the course of the San Dieguito River to its source at Ironside Spring on Volcan Mountain just north of Julian.
No. The San Dieguito River Park is a Joint Powers Authority. The term "Joint Powers Authority" (JPA) means that some public agencies have agreed to jointly share certain powers, such as the power to manage and acquire land.
The Focused Planning Area (FPA) is the area of focus for the San Dieguito River Park's acquisition and planning efforts. It is the area of jurisdiction for the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. The FPA roughly corresponds to the viewshed of the San Dieguito River Valley and its tributary streams - that is, what you could see if you were standing on the valley floor.
The creation of the San Dieguito River Park is a long-term project. It is one that not only you, but your children and perhaps grandchildren will be able to participate in. Individual segments are acquired, planned and implemented as funds become available. Enormous progress has been made in the 20 year life of the Park since its creation in 1989. Future milestones will be the completion of the 55-mile Coast to Crest Trail and building three Visitor Centers (lagoon, central and backcountry). .
Please visit our FAQ page for more information on SDRP.
The San Dieguito River Valley Regional Open Space Park Joint Powers Authority, also known as the San Dieguito River Park, is the agency responsible for creating a greenway and natural open space park in the San Dieguito River Valley. The vision of the River Park is to preserve and interpret the natural and cultural resources of the river valley from the river's source on Volcan Mountain, north of Julian, to the Pacific Ocean in Del Mar.
If you have photos, graphs, geological data, wildlife data, or other useful information that is relevant to SDRP's mission, please don't hestitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org