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The San Dieguito River Park
18372 Sycamore Creek Rd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: (858) 674-2270
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News Bits Archives

Volcan Mountain Preserve Foundation seeks Executive Director. Please see their website for more information, including the Job Description. They prefer someone who lives in Julian or is willing to move there. Applications will be accepted until October 8, 2005. 8/30/05

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has passed the half-way point in their campaign to raise $400,000 of the purchase price of the Lake Sutherland East Property. See the Conservancy website for information about the property and how you can help. 8/15/05

The San Diego County Water Authority construction of a 5,800-foot-long, 10-foot diameter tunnel, connecting Lake Hodges to the Olivenhain Reservoir will cause some closures of the Hodges North Shore Trail. The western end of the Hodges North Shore Trail approximately 1,500 feet west of the trail staging area near Hernandez Hidaway will be closed temporarily during weekdays until the end of September while part of the County Water Authority's Emergency Storage Project is under construction. Signs will be posted during the closure periods. The trail will remain open on most weekends. Please be mindful that these closures are for your safety and please obey all signs. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please report any problems regarding the trail itself to Todd Stepien, San Dieguito River Park Ranger at 858-674--2275, ext. 17. Please click here for more information. 8/15/05

The SCE/JPA Wetland Restoration Project Coastal Development Permit is tentatively scheduled for action on the OCTOBER California Coastal Commission meeting in San Diego. Construction on the project is expected to begin soon afterward. 8/1/05

The San Diego City Planning Commission approved the Site Development Permit for the Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge on June 9th. That action has been appealed to the City Council due to controversy over potential operating hours, i.e., whether the bridge would be open 24 hours a day or closed at night. The appeal hearing has been set for September 20th. Construction of the bridge will probably begin in September 2006. 8/1/05

San Dieguito Wetland Restoration Project tentatively scheduled for action by the California Coastal Commission at their August 2005 meeting in Costa Mesa. The meeting is August 9-12. Click here for the Coastal Commission website for more details and the agenda and staff report as they are posted. 7/18/05

Escondido and Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Clubs re-build well and windmill at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. Click here for pictures. 7/15/05

San Diego Planning Commission approves Site Development Permit for Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge, but it was appealed to the City Council. City Council hearing is scheduled for September 20, 2005. 7/15/05

River Park Board approves Mitigated Negative Declaration for Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge at public hearing on May 20, 2005. Next step in permit approvals is San Diego Planning Commission on June 9, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. 6/04/05

California Coastal Conservancy awards $177,000 in grant funds to the River Park to assist in the design and construction of the coastal trail. This grant provides matching funds for a $1.3 million Federal TEA grant. The coastal trail, a segment of the "Coast to Crest Trail" will extend from Jimmy Durante Blvd. to just west of El Camino Real. Construction is expected to begin on portions of the trail in September 2005. 5/18/05

Strawberry Stand Wetland Learning Center wins American Institute of Architecture design awards. Read more about it here. 5/07/05

Call for Volunteers at the Strawberry Stand Wetland Learning Center! Click here to read more about how you can help us open this facility (located at the San Dieguito Lagoon) to the public for educational programs. 5/06/05

Join SDRP at the lagoon on May 15th to Celebrate Watershed Awareness Month. Read more about it here. 4/15/05

Approval of Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge and MND rescheduled to May 20, 2005. Click here for details.

Interested Bridge Contractors and Subcontractors - The Park held a Contractors Outreach Meeting to provide information about the Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge project 10 a.m. on April 12 at Escondido City Hall, Training Room #1. Click here for more information about the project. Estimated advertising date is August 1, 2005.

SDRP acquires 90 acres along Farmer Road north of Julian 3/21/05

Come to the Third Annual San Dieguito "Lagoon Day" on March 30th.

Sign up for Artifact Interact, April 9th, 10:00 to 1:30 and In the Shadow of the Valley, April 23rd, 10:00 to 1:30. Read Barbara Baker's latest "Trails n' Tales" column to see what they're all about!

SDRP Board releases Audit Report and Financial Statements for June 30, 2004 3/18/05

River Park acquires 626 acres of gorgeous backcountry land. Read the details here. 1/24/05

San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Launches Major Fundraising Campaign to Purchase the 353-acre Sutherland East Property. Read all about it here. 12/18/04

Supervisor Pam Slater-Price reports SDRP Accomplishments during her term as Chair in 2004 12/17/04

Fall 2004 Executive Director's Column "Finding the Big Dollars" 11/15/2004

Scenes from the Trust for Public Land event celebrating the Boudreau purchase 10/26/04

New column "Trails n' Tales" by Event & Volunteer Coordinator Barbara Baker 10/24/04

New "Did You Know" article about the Arroyo Toad by Environmental Planner Shawna Anderson 10/24/04

SDRP receives $1,000 William Turnbull, Jr. FAIA Environmental Education Grant for interpretive signs about the adaptive reuse of the "Strawberry Stand" at Via de la Valle into a Wetland Learning Center. Click here to learn more. 10/21/04

The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority issues a Request for Statement of Qualifications for Audit Services 10/21/04

SDRP receives $2,000 gift from the Lake Hodges Native Plant Club to use to create a native plant garden. The garden will be planted south of the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmhouse next to the Mule Hill Trail. The primary purpose of the native plant garden will be to promote native plants by presenting them in a garden atmosphere, with signs that identify what they are. 10/14/04

Scenes from the "Songs of the Settlers" Concert that was held October 3rd to benefit the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead 10/9/04

Geocaching in the San Dieguito River Park 10/9/04

More "What's Growing On ... In the Field" Articles Uploaded 10/7/04

Fall Activity Schedule uploaded - Check out our offerings for October, November and December 9/21/04

New "Dieguito Discovery" by Deborah Johnson - "Wonders in the Shadow of Volcan"

"Songs of the Settlers" - October 3rd Benefit Concert for Sikes Adobe Historic Farmhouse 8/28/04

Information about West Nile Virus 8/28/04

Land Acquired for Habitat and Open Space 8/20/04

Accomplishments Report 1989-2004 Uploaded

Major Dumpsite Cleanup 7/24/04

New Summer Activity Schedule Posted 7/2/04

Learn what Scouts are doing in the Park! 7/2/04

05/27/04 - $1,500,000 awarded to SDRP from the State Coastal Conservancy for purchase of coastal property.

05/13/04 - $1,290,000 awarded to SDRP from the State Wildlife Conservation Board for purchase of coastal property.

05/07/04 - Save Our Heritage Organisation awards San Dieguito River Park a "People in Preservation" award for the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmhouse restoration.

09/08/03 - $125,000 grant recommended to SDRP from the State Department of Parks and Recreation in Federal Land & Water Conservation Funds. This grant will be used for accessibility improvements to the trail surface of a portion of the Mule Hill /San Pasqual Valley Trail.

07/28/03 - SDRP receives WHIP Grant from Natural Resource Conservation Service. These funds will be used for two projects - to create 1.35 acres of wetlands at Cloverdale Creek in San Pasqual Valley and clean up a degraded, litter-strewn section of Santa Ysabel Creek, also in San Pasqual Valley.

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