The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) has received a $10,000 grant from REI to support Phase 3 of the River Path Del Mar (River Path).
The River Path provides a scenic overlook of the San Dieguito Lagoon and River, complete with interpretive signage of the flora and fauna of the River and Lagoon. Phase 3 will extend the River Path from the Grand Avenue Overlook to the Crest Canyon Trail, along the San Dieguito River, enabling users to eventually reach the Pacific Ocean via the Crest Canyon Trail leading to the Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Phase 3 of the River Path is .5 miles long and will cost between $720,000 to $1.4 million, and will take 18 months to complete.
An existing trail travels from Jimmy Durante Blvd. eastward from the coast to the Grand Avenue Overlook and parallels the south edge of the River, providing beautiful water views and information regarding this important wetland and natural resource. Increasing access to outdoor recreation is a major goal of the City of Del Mar and SDRVC.
The trail is a favorite destination for nature lovers, especially birders who frequently take photos of the osprey, heron and egret nests located just a few feet from the trail.
The San Dieguito Lagoon is the “gateway” to the San Dieguito River Valley. It has vital ecological importance for the region as a stopover for birds on the Pacific Flyway and as a nesting and foraging area for endangered, threatened and sensitive animal and plant species.
Youth who participate in the SDRVC Watershed Explorers Program and people of all ages that have joined the Citizen Science Program will learn about and gather information about the flora and fauna of this area.
The City of Del Mar will be leading the environmental review process under the California Environmental Quality Act and obtaining permits from the California Coastal Commission and the State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“Increasing access to outdoor recreation is a major goal of the Conservancy and the City of Del Mar,” said SDRVC Executive Director, Trish Boaz. “REI has been a long-time supporter of our efforts to provide trails for the San Dieguito River Valley, and we are truly appreciative of their generosity.”
Past REI grants to the Conservancy include a $7,000 grant to develop the River Path in May 2015, a $43,000 grant for the Pamo Valley segment of the Coast to Crest Trail in 2015, a $10,000 grant in 2016 for the repair and improvement of segments of the Bernardo Summit Trail, and a $15,000 grant in 2017 for Phase 3 of the River Path. --News release