November 2009 Riverscape
In this season of thanksgiving, we are truly grateful for all your support in making the River Park's vast array of habitats, trails, historic sites, and recreational opportunities from the Pacific Gateway to Volcan Mountain a legacy for all.

As always our website is available to refresh your memory about all River Park activities!

The Mayor of San Diego's proposed budget cuts will have dramatic impacts on the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and we urgently need your help to stop that from happening.
WHAT IS HAPPENING: The budget proposes to eliminate all funding ($295,084) for the River Park in the next budget year, and to not pay the final quarter payment ($73,771) this year.  The City's share is 36% of our member agency contributions.  These cuts will result in several immediate layoffs in our small staff.  (We have 8 full-time (includes 5 rangers) and 3 part-time staff).  There is no cushion in our budget after several years of cutbacks.  But even worse, the City's withdrawal from the JPA could have a domino effect leading to other member agencies also leaving, which would be fatal for the JPA.  What this means for park users is no more trail patrol or maintenance of existing trails, no new trails, no more educational programming or guided hikes, no restored habitat for wildlife, and most of all - the end of a vision of a Coast to Crest Trail and open space park in the San Dieguito River Valley that has been over 20 years in the making.
WHEN: The timing is very fast: the San Diego City Council has held the first hearing already on December 2nd.  The next hearing will be on Wednesday, December 9th.  And then resolutions will be adopted on Monday, December 14th.  
WHY IS THE SAN DIEGUITO RIVER PARK JPA IMPORTANT: The San Dieguito River Park JPA is preserving a natural open space park system along a 55-mile-long river valley that extends from Volcan Mountain just north of Julian to the river's mouth at Del Mar.  It has acquired 2,976 acres for watershed and open space protection, constructed and maintained 40 miles of trails for hikers, bicyclists and equestrians and a 990-foot-long world-class bridge, restored hundreds of acres of habitat for wildlife, restored a historic pioneer farmhouse, and holds weekly free public education programs and walks and workparty activities.  It advises its member agencies on potential impacts from private development projects.  $157,525,000 in outside revenue has been brought to the San Dieguito River Park for habitat restoration and trail construction and land acquisition projects since 1989.  The reason this much money has been raised is because the San Dieguito River Park JPA was there to seek it and to enter into partnerships with other entities and to serve as the lead agency, and to ensure responsibility and continuity of management.  The San Dieguito River Park is a treasure for this region, and the San Dieguito River Park JPA is needed to take care of it and to share it with the public.
WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO: We are counting on you (the San Dieguito River Park supporters) to call or email the San Diego Mayor and City Council members immediately asking them to remove the proposed budget cuts that would eliminate the San Dieguito River Park.  Or plan to attend and speak at the December 9th  City Council meeting. Thank you for your help!  Click here to read the text of the remarks that our Executive Director Dick Bobertz made to the San Diego City Council on December 2nd and for a list of the various talking points that you can use when you send an email or make a phone call or speak at the next City Council meeting.  Here is a link to contact info for the Council members.
WHY  YOUR PHONE CALL OR EMAIL OR ATTENDANCE AT THE COUNCIL MEETING IS IMPORTANT:  The City Council may not even realize that these budget cuts will severely injure the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, the agency responsible for creating, managing,  maintaining and operating the San Dieguito River Park.  This information is not at all evident in the City staff report, which makes the cuts appear minor ("deferral of maintenance").  Then it is important to convey that this action to eliminate its contributions to the JPA would not only dramatically cut the JPA budget, which will require layoffs of key field personnel, but also lead to the termination of the San Dieguito River Park JPA.  The San Dieguito River Park JPA is doing important work that is valuable to the City and the region and should not be eliminated. 
Susan Carter, Deputy Director
Geo-Cache in Highland Valley
Saturday, December 12, 2009    8:00 a.m. ~ 10:00 a.m.    Highland Valley Geo-Caching

Did you know that geo-caching is permissible in the San Dieguito River Park?  Hike along the Highland Valley Trail with SDRP Ranger Ken Colburn and "discover" hidden cache with GPS!

Location:  Highland Valley Trail / Ruth Merrill Children's Interpretive Walk.  Exit I-15 at West Bernardo Drive/Pomerado Road and go east.  Turn left at the traffic light onto Highland Valley Road.  Make an immediate right into the dirt parking lot.  Click here for a Google Map.
Wealth of Wildlife Sereis
Saturday, December 12, 2009     2:30 p.m.      SDRP Temporary Offices
Visit Kruisin Kritters
The "Wealth of Wildlife" series, a joint effort between the San Dieguito River Park and Kruisin' Kritters,
focuses on wildlife in our backyard and what they do for us and for our environment.  Reservations are not required.  All ages are welcome to attend.  These free live presentations begin at 2:30 in the afternoon and are ideal for students, scouts, and lovers of wildlife!

Invasive Animals
Saturday, December 12th at 2:30 p.m.

     Have you encountered any of San Diego's native animals?  We invite you to come and meet these critters up close!  This free and informative program will also cover:
  • Habitat loss
  • Close encounters with wild kritters and what to do when it happens
  • Where to turn for help
  • Who to contact for injured wildlife assistance
  • Why wild animal babies should never be taken for pets or sold
  • How to protect your pets without harming wildlife
     Meet at the San Dieguito River Park temporary offices which are located at 14103 Highland Valley Road (the San Pasqual Water Reclamation Facility)

     To get here exit Interstate 15 at West Bernardo Drive/Pomerado Road and go east.  Turn left at the traffic light at Highland Valley Road.  Drive about two miles, turn south through the gate.  Look for the banner!  Click here for a Google Map.
San Dieguito River Park Trail and Habitat Restoration
     Restore and rehabilitate your body while restoring San Dieguito River Park Trails and while rehabilitating San Dieguito River Park Habitat.  It's a win/win!   Work with the Rangers every second Sunday and third Saturday from 8 a.m. till 11:00.

Trail Restoration:
  • Sunday, December 13th, 2009.  Location:  Bernardo Bay Natural Area.  Exit I-15 on West Bernardo / Pomerado.  Turn left at the off-ramp stop sign and follow West Bernardo just up the hil to the Bernardo Bay Natural Area sign on the immediate right.  Park in the large lot.  Click here for a Google Map.
Habitat Rehabilitation:
  • Saturday, December 19, 2009.  Cloverdale Site at Rockwood Road.  From I-15 take the Via Rancho exit and go east, following the signs to the Wild Animal Park.  At the intersection of San Pasqual Road and Highway 78, San Pasqual Road becomes Cloverdale Road.  Continue on Cloverdale Road and then turn right onto Rockwood Road.  The project location is at the bridge crossing on the right just before the San Pasqual Elementary School. Click here for a Google Map
San Dieguito River Park Trail Maps, free downloads 
For more detailed information visit our website at
Contact the San Dieguito River Park 
Happy Holidays to Everyone
from the Staff of the San Dieguito River Park

14103 Highland Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92025