Solana Beach City Council approves pedestrian entry gate for San Dieguito Park

Solana Beach residents will soon have an easier way to access San Dieguito Park, after the City Council Nov. 12 unanimously approved a conceptual parking and landscape design for the park that includes a pedestrian entry gate.

Although the county owns the 125-acre park, some community members frequent the park so much that they have requested a gate at Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Highland Drive.

City officials approached the county with the idea about two years ago, but the proposal was recently revisited after Supervisor Dave Roberts contacted the city to also reconfigure parking and relandscape the area.

Longtime Solana Beach resident Roger Boyd said pedestrians enter the park through the vehicle entrance or walk around the end of the fence in order to enter.

“It’s inconvenient and sometimes not too safe,” said Boyd, who visits the park with his grandchildren. “The city of Solana Beach is fortunate that San Diego County has reconsidered their previous denial of this project, and I thank Supervisor Roberts for his support.”

Originally, the county wanted to eliminate the parking spaces in the nearby dirt area, which is owned by Solana Beach. But after several on-site meetings with Roberts, Mayor Thomas Campbell, Councilman Mike Nichols, city staff and county representatives, officials agreed on a design that rearranges the parking, keeping the current 24 parking spaces.

The design, created by local resident Katie Pelisek, also features a pedestrian gate at the park’s southwest corner, near the intersection, and drought-tolerant landscaping. The project will be funded by Roberts’ office.