River Park Accomplishments

2009 | 2010

< 2010
report in printable (pdf) format here

Awards/Grants

  • The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRS1) awarded a 2010 Design Award to the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge for "aesthetic expression, design innovation, engineering achievement, functional excellence and economy of construction."
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers selected the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle Pedestrian Bridge to receive the Outstanding Bridge Project for 2010.
  • The California Transportation Foundation selected the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge as a finalist for the 2010 "TRANNY" award for Pedestrian/Bicycle Project of the year.
  • The National Council of Structural Engineers named the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge an award winner for the 2010 Excellence in Structural Engineering competition.
  • The San Diego Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar gave the David Kreitzer Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge a Transportation Innovation Award in the category of Alternative Modes.
  • $349,670 Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program grant was awarded by the California Transportation Commission to plan and install a Coast to Crest trail link across the Horse Park property.
  • $50,000 grant received from SCE for trail construction adjacent to the San Dieguito Lagoon.
  • $317,000 grant received from the California Coastal Conservancy to study alternative Coast to Crest Trail links from 1-5 to the ocean and to construct trail segments on thorth and south side ofthe San Dieguito Lagoon.
  • $21,000 grant received from San Diego County Community Enhancement and Neighborhood Reinvestment Programs for interior and exterior interpretive signs and exhibits for the Sikes Adobe restoration.
  • $1,049,000 grant received from the California State Resources Agency for Eucylyptus removal and trail improvements west of the Lake Hodges Dam. (Joint app. with SDRVC)

San Dieguito Lagoon Wetland Restoration Project

  • An ADA-accessible path was constructed to improve beach access from Camino del Mar to the beach north of the river mouth.
  • An extensive weeding effort was initiated at disposal sites and berms to prepare for hydro-seeding and to promote native plant establishment.
  • Monitoring of the results of the restoration project showed excellent reestablishment of numerous fish and other marine and avian species.

Trails

  • Construction of the West Bernardo Drive Bike Path and Trail linking the Lake Hodges Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge and the Piedras Pintadas Staging Area was begun with completion expected in early 2011.
  • Construction of the Highland Valley trail link and staging area to connect the San Dieguito River Pm-k trail system to the City of Poway trail system was begun with completion expected in early 2011.
  • Permitting for the Mesa Loop Trail system in the southeast portion of the Wetlands Restoration Project was completed with construction planned for 2011.

Fire Recovery

  • The Sikes Adobe historic farmstead reconstruction was completed and reopened to the public on 6/26/10.
  • The River Park administrative office reconstruction was completed and occupied on 10/22/10 the third anniversary of the Witch Creek fire that destroyed the original structure.

 


< 2009 Awards/Grants

  • $440,000 secured from SANDAG for grading, landscaping and water quality monitoring of San Dieguito Lagoon wetland treatment ponds.
  • $400,000 private donation was received for the Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge.
  • $350,257 received from the U.S. Navy for purchase of 8.9 acres of mitigation rights on the Sycamore Westridge property.
  • $350,000 granted by the California Resource Agency from the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program for the West Bernardo Bike Path Cantilever Project.
  • $1,425,000 granted by SANDAG Bicycle Transportation Program for the West Bernardo Bike Path Cantilever Project.
  • $267,350 granted by SANDAG Transnet EMP for treatment and monitoring of pepperweed and equipment. (SDRVC)
  • $12,000 granted by the San Diego County Community Enhancement Fund for Sikes Adobe period furnishings.
  • $9,600 was received from the Think Blue program for interpretive signage and pet waste bags and dispensers. (SDRVC)
  • $5,000 donated by the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley for Grand Avenue Bridge Overlook interpretive signs.
  • $2,000 private donation was received for trail maintenance tools
  • $2,500 private donations received for I-5 San Dieguito Lagoon Signs
  • $1,063 private donation for purchase of an “Iron Ranger”
  • $1,000 general donation from Wardell Builders, Inc. of Solana Beach
  • $800 worth of books, DVDs, online resources and annotated bibliographies known as the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services/American Association of State and Local History for the Sikes Adobe.
  • Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge was completed and received awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies, American Public Works Association, the Pre-stressed Concrete Institute, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Roads and Bridges Magazine, North County Times Roses/Raspberries Program, the national Best of the Best Awards of McGraw-Hill’s Engineering News-Record magazine and an Orchid   nomination in the Orchids and Onions program.
San Dieguito Lagoon Wetland Restoration Project

  • Project grading reached 100% of completion and wetland plants were established on all high salt marsh areas.
  • Grading of wetland treatment ponds and associated trail segment completed.
  • Grand Avenue Bridge/Overlook completed and opened to public on April 7, 2009.
  • 1.4 mile trail segment from I-5 to San Andreas Drive completed and opened to public.
  • A weed management plan was approved by Coastal Commission and implementation initiated.
  • The San Dieguito River Park initiated full time ranger patrols, maintenance and public outreach in the lagoon project area with an annual cost of $205,685 funded under an agreement with Southern California Edison.
Planning

  • San Dieguito Lagoon Center conceptual plan completed.
  • Sandag /Caltrans agreement adopted for additional San Dieguito Lagoon restoration.
  • A no-smoking policy was adopted for trails, natural habitat areas, and River Park facilities.
  • Processing and permitting completed for the Heritage Trail connection linking the San Dieguito River Park Coast to Crest Trail and the City of Poway Trail system.
  • Environmental processing completed for the San Dieguito Watershed Invasive Species Control Program.
  • A donation acceptance and recognition policy was adopted to encourage and recognize the support of donors in ways consistent with River Park goals and objectives.
  • Coastal Development Permit received for a pedestrian loop trail south of Via De La Valle overlooking newly established tidal basin.
Land Acquisition

  • A 32.64 acre parcel (Sycamore Westridge) with high quality habitat was donated by the Sunroad Corporation.
Habitat Restoration

  • The Cloverdale Creek Restoration Project was completed.
Trails

  • The Lake Hodges Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge was opened to the public on 5/15/09.
  • Solar powered gates installed at five staging areas and the Lake Hodges Bridge.
  • 2-mile segment of the Del Dios trail from the Santa Fe Valley staging area to the Lake Hodges Dam completed, establishing a 25-mile continuous segment of the Coast-to-Crest Trail.
  • Construction of West Bernardo Bike Path & Cantilever project initiated.
Fire Recovery

  • Ten bridge reconstruction projects completed and all trails reopened to public.
  • Reconstruction of the Sikes Adobe initiated.
  • Reconstruction of the River Park Office initiated

 

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