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CHAIR FLETCHER’S 2021 PLAN TO FUND SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK AND TRAIL IS TAKING SHAPE

09/14/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today granted County staff the ability to pursue the formation of an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD) to support the creation of the San Diego River Park and Trail – a proposed 130-mile multi-use trail stretching from the mouth of the San Diego River in Ocean Beach to the headwaters in the Cuyamaca Mountains near Julian. The next step is for staff to seek the support of the City of San Diego for the creation of the EIFD and return to the Supervisors in 18 months with the required steps for the formation of an EIFD.

The 2021 State of San Diego County Address was the first time Chair Fletcher outlined his idea of working with regional leaders to identify the best funding option for the expansion of the park and trail; later that year he formed a task force to help him develop a path forward. 

“A year ago this was an idea, now we are driving toward a significant investment that can complete the long sought vision of the San Diego River Park. It will help expand the access and opportunity San Diegans have to interact with nature, and enjoy the outdoor amenities our beautiful region offers,” said Chair Fletcher.  “We have a ways to go, but I am pleased with the progress we have been able to make in a short period of time.  I really appreciate the support we have received for this effort.”

Organizations that have been involved include: Raul Campillo, Councilmember for District 7, City of San Diego, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, Kumeyaay Diegueño Land Conservancy, San Diego River Park Foundation, San Diego River Conservancy, San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless, and San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation.

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