Del Mar neighbors join in support of latest ‘Adopt a Spot’ project

Del Mar’s “Adopt a Spot” program usually brings together several families who work on a project to beautify a piece of city land. The latest “Adopt a Spot” project, however — an addition to Crest Rim Park — was developed by a whopping group of 64 supporters representing 38 households.

Rosanne Holliday, who spearheaded the project, said it was truly a friend-meeting-friend neighborhood enterprise, with the single purpose of opening up an overgrown area for the public to enjoy.

The Crest Rim land was purchased in 1977 by the city of Del Mar as part of the Crest Canyon Open Space Preserve. The park’s south section was developed in 2008 by the Garden Club and Crest Road neighbors, and included a memorial bench dedicated to the late Alice Goodkind. The north section remained closed off by heavy growth until the new initiative got under way with the filing of a “Spot” application with the city’s Public Works Department in April.

The official ribbon-cutting was held June 10, only two months later, with 9-year-old donor Lucy Holliday doing the honors. “The area is now opened up as a beautiful succulent park and pathway for all the public to enjoy. The views of the canyon and mountains are spectacular and will be improved over time by the efforts of the Crest Rim Adopt a Spot ‘adopters,’” noted Rosanne Holliday.

The Crest Rim project is the 13th since the Del Mar City Council approved the Adopt a Spot program in 2008. Other recent projects include plantings along a city-owned alley leading to the Shores Park, landscaping along the 20th Street beach access, the Bill Teague memorial garden at 17th Street and the Zapo ravine.

The Adopt A Spot resolution notes that “the goal is a neighborhood friendly program to encourage citizen and business participation while improving the beauty of the Village of Del Mar. The program allows caring neighbors the opportunity to initiate, plan and develop a long term program providing beautification of a neighborhood Spot. A Spot may be any public space within Del Mar, including small open space areas of city owned land, pathways and trails through undeveloped or developed open spaces, or bus stop or section of roadway needing assistance with litter pickup or beautification.”

The City’s Parks and Recreation Committee encourages citizens to participate in the Adopt a Spot program and will assist with the review of projects planned by adopters. City Public Works staff will assist by providing safety vests, traffic cones or Waste Management containers for green waste disposal.

Applications are available for download at, through the Public Works Department by calling 858-755-3294, or by emailing