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Supervisors to Pursue Funding District for San Diego River Park and Trail System



The Board of Supervisors Wednesday unanimously voted to have county staff pursue the formation of a special financing district for the proposed 130-mile San Diego River Park and Trail.


County Parks and Recreation staff members recommended an enhanced infrastructure financing district — which doesn’t require new taxes or a ballot measure — that generates revenue based on partnerships with city governments and related boundaries.


County officials will ask the city of San Diego to support the EIFD, then return to the board in 18 months with the needed steps to officially form it.


First conceived 20 years ago, the trail project would stretch from the San Diego River in Ocean Beach to Cuyamaca Mountains headwaters in the town of Julian. Backers say that along with recreational benefits, the trail network would also be important for habitat conservation.


Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher said making the park a reality has been a challenge due to economic conditions and jurisdictional issues.


“We all have to move together to ensure the funding comes in,” he said. “We don’t need a tax increase to get this done.”


He added that once the park is fully developed, it “will be there forever.”


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