San Dieguito River Park Accomplishments in 2006

Awards/Grants

         Received a finalist nomination for a Regional Golden Watchdog Award from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association for leveraging $5 million of local taxpayer funds to obtain over $50 million in federal and state grants.

         Awarded a Certificate of Outstanding Merit for producing the video, Voices of San Pasqual, by the San Diego Archeological Center at the 2006 Archaeology Film Festival.

         Two Emmys were awarded for a video produced by CTN documenting the restoration of the Sikes Adobe. Emmys were awarded for Best Historical/Cultural Program and Writing.

         $10,000 granted by Supervisor Pam Slater-Price for interpretive signage along the Del Dios Gorge Trail.

         $1,000 donated by Lake Hodges 50K Trail Race for trail maintenance.

         $1,000 Kodak Greenways Grant awarded in association with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy for archeological interpretive signs.

         $20,000 pick-up truck donated by Karen and Wolf Berger for ranger operations..

 

San Dieguito Lagoon Wetland Restoration Project

         $3,000 grant awarded by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Community Partnering Program to educate students about the importance of watersheds and the benefits of wetlands. Used in association with $500 of support from the Del Mar Foundation to stage an event at the Strawberry Stand Learning Center for Lagoon Exploration Day on April 30, 2006.

         Hired EDAW inc. to monitor construction of the Wetland Restoration Project

         All permits acquired and Construction begun in October.

 

Habitat Restoration

         $50,000 awarded by SANDAG (Transnet) for habitat land management

         $20,700 awarded by Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project through the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy to restore 2 acres of disturbed wetland and upland.

         $550,017 granted by the State water Resources Control board to create freshwater runoff ponds at the San Dieguito Lagoon.

 

Planning

San Dieguito River Park Concept Plan accepted by the City of San Diego, 6-26-06

 

Trails

         $2 million awarded by SANDAG to fund the Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge, bringing total funding for the project to $7 million.

         Eight mile segment of Coast to Crest Trail from Farmers Road to State Highway 79 opened to public in cooperation with the County of San Diego.

         Completed GAP Analysis with Trails Committee.

         Staging Area established at east end of Crosby Estate for Santa Fe Valley Trail and Del Dios Gorge Trail