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Annual Parks Improvement Documents:
The Development of Parks and Recreation facilities create healthy communities, protect valuable natural and cultural resources, provide recreation opportunities, reduce crime and vandalism, increase efficiency and sustainability, and foster responsible economic development. To read more about the annual Park Improvement Plan, the department's plans for "Going Green", and the Healthy Edge: Active Living Park Design Guidelines follow the links below.
Trail improvements for Potrero Park required the rehabilitation of an existing nature trail and the addition of an exercise trail. Amenities included interpretive signage, custom bench seating, outdoor exercise stations, and “Wellness Ahead” directional signage. The exercise stations are located near an existing playground which allows visual surveillance of children playing while parents exercise. The California Conservation Corps installed the new ADA exercise trail and rehabilitated the existing nature trail. An eleven foot high custom bench at a nature trail overlook provided a visual focal to encourage trail use.
Lakeside Skate Park:
On April 25, 2014, The Department celebrated the successful construction of its first professional skateboard park at Lindo Lake County Park. The 9 month project is attracting professional skateboarders due to its 16,200 square-feet of features including a 9-foot deep bowl, rails, stairs, a jersey barrier, quarter pipes, grinding rails and related amenities that serve beginner’s and professionals.
The skate park was designed and consturcted by professional skateboarders as an unfenced plaza surrounded by boulders and drought tolerant landscape directly adjacent to Lindo Lake. The project included the County’s first maintenance partnership with the Friends of the Lakeside Skate Park. Final construction costs are estimated at $603,290. Funding for the project included $407,410 of the Lakeside Parklands Dedication Ordinance fund and $195,880 of General CDBG fund
Borrego Springs Park - Borrego Springs is about to get a brand-new, $2 million county park, to be built on the 16 acre parcel at the corner of Country Club and Sunset Roads, across from the post office. County Department of Parks and Recreation officials are delighted to see this park finally coming to Borrego Springs.
For many years, various local groups struggled to make the park a reality. The land was purchased with the idea of creating a park under the County’s Park Lands Dedication Ordinance (PLDO), which collects fees from developers for parks. After 13 years, only $250,000 in these fees had accumulated – not enough to realize the vision for the park from 2001. In addition, the PLDO requires a local “maintenance entity” to be responsible for ongoing care of the park – no one in Borrego was able to step up and bear that cost or responsibility.
All that changed this month when the County prioritized funding for a new county library and park in Borrego Springs. The Board of Supervisors will approve the County’s annual budget in June when $2 million is expected to be approved for a Borrego Springs park. County Parks and Recreation have worked to meet the maintenance entity requirement in innovative ways: the park will include room for an on-site volunteer and Parks and Recreation is looking to partner with other departments and agencies to help meet the site’s needs.
Lakeside Riverway Trails Plan
The County of San Diego in coordination with the Cities of Chula Vista and San Diego have prepared the Habitat Restoration Plan & Non-native Plant Removal Guidelines (Plan). The goals of the Plan are to 1) remove populations of non-native vegetation and 2) to manage and minimize the expansion of non-native species with in the Otay Valley Regional Park (OVRP).
The OVRP is an 11-mile long Park of over 8,500 acres, located in southern San Diego County. The Park extends from the southeastern end of the salt ponds at the mouth of the Otay River, through the Otay River Valley to the land surrounding both the Upper and Lower Otay Reservoirs. Since the OVRP is located in the jurisdiction of the County of San Diego, the City of San Diego, and the City of Chula Vista, those jurisdictions have entered into a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) to plan and manage the OVRP.
San Luis Rey River Park Master Plan Implementation
For further information contact Mark Massen, Senior Park Project Manager, by phone at 858-966-1351 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view PDF versions of the Master Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR), please use the following links:
Master Plan (Summary)
Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Trails and Habitat Enhancement Project
The certification of the EIR allows the department to implement portions of the project now while pursuing funding to implement larger aspects of the project. The main component of the project is the formal trail network. This trail network will consist of 22.5 miles of both multi-use and equestrian/pedestrian trails with amenities such as bird observation blinds, interpretive signage, and trailheads. Also included in the overall project is the restoration of approximately 60 acres of wetland, riparian and coastal sage scrub habitats west of the Dairy Mart Ponds, situated south of the I-5/Dairy Mart Road interchange.