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News from the San Dieguito River Park July/August 2005
In this issue
  • Tracking Time
  • Rotary Club Erects Windmill
  • What was New in May/June
  • San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
  • A Request to You
  • Greetings!

    Tracking Time

    As you read Barbara Baker's latest "Trails 'n' Tales" column about tracking wildlife on the Ruth Merrill Children's Interpretive Walk, you'll feel you are there. And who wouldn't want to walk on this shady, lovely trail?

    Rotary Club Erects Windmill

    The Escondido and Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Clubs chose to re-build the well and windmill at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead for their Centennial Rotary Project. The club arranged for the old well to be re-drilled; they placed an order for the construction of a wooden windmill tower, and then members of the club worked many hours to assemble the parts and erect the tower and fan blade.


    Many fun events are coming up this summer. Here is a sampling of a few!

    Saturday July 30th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a special Summer Celebration at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. Thanks to the Escondido and Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Clubs, we're celebrating the return of the historic well and windmill. Join us for an old-fashioned ice cream social, tour the farmhouse with a docent and view the windmill and the quilts that will be on display in the farmhouse that day.

    Sunday, July 31st from 8:00 a.m. until you get tired, ride your mountain bike in beautiful, mostly flat, San Pasqual Valley with two of our bike riding Trail Patrol members. This ride is for beginning and intermediate bicyclists. All ages welcome. (Please note that there is an error on the Activity Schedule - it says this event will take place on Saturday, July 31. It should say Sunday, July 31.)

    Saturday August 6th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. - for a real change of pace, come see a presentation by Bat Rescue and learn about the world of bats in Bat Rescue's family-oriented multimedia program. This event will be held at the Escondido Main Library, Turrentine Room.


    A new feature on the San Dieguito River Park Website is a list of brief news items of interest related to the River Park. Updates about the Wetland Restoration Project, Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge Project and more can be found here.

    What was New in May/June

  • Strawberry Stand Wetland Learning Center receives two awards from the American Institute of Architects Design Award Program.
  • Call for Volunteers at the Strawberry Stand Wetland Learning Center.
  • Scouts help build the Park. See their January to May 2005 projects.
  • California Coastal Conservancy awards $177,000 in grant funds to the River Park to assist in the design and construction of the coastal trail. This grant provides matching funds for a $1.3 million Federal TEA grant. The coastal trail, a segment of the "Coast to Crest Trail" will extend from Jimmy Durante Blvd. to just west of El Camino Real. Construction is expected to begin on portions of the trail in September 2005.
  • San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

    The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on memberships and donations to accomplish its goals to preserve the San Dieguito River Valley in partnership with the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. Together these two organizations make possible recreational trails, habitat restoration programs, educational opportunities and most of all - preservation of the natural open space of the valley.

    The Conservancy is continuing its fundraising drive to purchase the 353-acre Lake Sutherland East property, a landscape of oak woodland, oak-studded savannah, and coastal sage scrub. They are seeking individuals willing to host a small party for their neighbors at their home to help get the word out and raise money for this significant land purchase. Recently, members of the Ramona Trails Association held a party in one member's home and raised $5,000, which was then matched by the Ramona Trails Association. If you think you would be interested in hosting a party, please call Craig Adams, Executive Director of the Conservancy, at 858 755-6956. Click here to learn more about the Lake Sutherland East Acquisition Campaign.

    A Request to You

    Many River Park supporters may not know that the River Park has converted from a print-based news distribution to an e-mail based distribution only. Therefore, please forward this e-mail to anyone you think would be interested. Then they can sign up for themselves if they wish to continue receiving the San Dieguito River Park's RiverScape newsletter. Thank you!

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