Archives: News 2014



Interim Executive Director Designated
for San Dieguito River Park

Supervisor Dave Roberts, Mark Ochenduszko, and
Del Mar City Councilman Don Mosier.

Directors of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority voted on Tuesday to hire Mark Ochenduszko as interim executive director of the agency.  The 55-mile-long park stretches from the beach at Del Mar to the river’s headwaters on Volcan Mountain near Julian.  Ochenduzsco will replace Dick Bobertz, who is retiring after many years of service to the river park.

Ochenduzco served as interim city manager for the city of Del Mar in 2010 and previously held the city manager’s post in Coronado, Cypress and Campbell.  His first day as interim executive director of the river park is Oct. 1.


MAY 2014

Birdwing Open-Air classroom
Ribbon Cutting - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Birdwing Open Air Classroom during the ceremony. Photo © Ann Gardner
Birdwing Open Air Classroom during the ceremony. Photo © Ann Gardner
Trying to unfurl the ribbon in the wind. 
Photo © Virginia Lawrence, Sandpiper
A beautiful blustery morning greeted celebrants at the May 13 ribbon cutting ceremony for the San Dieguito River Park’s Birdwing, a new open air class room set above the San Dieguito wetlands just east of I-5.  Surrounded by lagoon, wetlands, hillside vistas and a cloudless sky, some 300 River Park supporters including volunteers, donors, designers and contractors, neighbors, staff and bunches of school children took the path from the San Andres trailhead to the gathering.  County Supervisor Dave Roberts spoke of the thriving River Park, now just past its 25-year mark and looking forward to the next fifty!  Former Supervisor Pam Slater Price recalled the early efforts to win Southern California Edison’s mitigation project, the largest in the country, that has resulted in the restoration of fallow former farmlands into a “Grand Canyon” of river habitat, fish and bird reserves as well as hiking, bicycling and equestrian trails from Del Mar to Julian.   The Park has already scheduled free public programs at the Birdwing through July.  The first are this weekend:  SATURDAY, May 17, Chaparral, Estuaries and Grizzly Bears- Fall in Love with Nature, 10 a.m. and Stories: Art and Nature, 2 p.m.  On SUNDAY, a Coastal Hike and Yoga on the Beach, 8:30 a.m. and REI Backcountry Skills, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  All programs take place at the Open Air Classroom located off the San Andres staging area.  Go to for the complete schedule and more info.

Faulconer has restored funding
for the San Dieguito River Park.

Letter from Mayor Faulconer to County Supervisor Dave Roberts


February 2014

Wetlands Restoration Underway at SOL

Ground Breaking Ceremony 02/24/14

The Fairgrounds long anticipated wetlands restoration at the South Overflow Lot (SOL) got underway last month. Contractors are removing soil from the existing parking lot in order to facilitate hydrology for the restoration and to build an upland sage scrub habitat buffer. The project complies with permits from the California Coastal Commission and is the first of three phases that will also include water quality improvements in the backstretch/stable area.

Pictured above from the left: Tim Fennell, Dustin Fuller, Becky Bartling, Fred Schenk (President 22nd DAA), and David Watson.

Photo © Jacqueline Winterer 02/24/14

Restoration of the South Overflow Lot
  After long and intricate negotiations between The Coastal Commission and the 22nd DAA, a Feb. 24, 2014 ground-breaking ceremony began the restoration of the South Overflow lot. The first phase of the conversion of the parking lot will create tidal marshes and mudflats. A conceptual plan for the complete restoration project is shown below.

Click on the map to enlarge.