Proposal to name trail for Kehoe approved by Del Mar Fair board

By Joe Tash

A proposal to name a new section of trail along the San Dieguito River for former state Sen. Christine Kehoe was approved unanimously by the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

The board runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds and will soon launch a $5 million to $7 million habitat restoration project on a former dirt parking lot on the south side of the property. As part of that project, a trail along the river, and a wetlands buffer, will be created. Those riverside improvements will be dedicated to Kehoe through signs installed along the trail.

While the 22nd DAA has long supported the trail and buffer, the agency opposed a 2010 bill authored by Kehoe that would have mandated the improvements be made sooner than planned.

However, board member Adam Day credited Kehoe with championing the trail and other environmental issues, and this month proposed naming the trail in her honor.