SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The county of San Diego was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the California Coastal Conservancy to fund habitat restoration and new trails in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park, two lawmakers announced Friday.
"This is huge news for nature lovers, hikers, equestrians and everyone who enjoys the outdoors," said county Supervisor Greg Cox, who represents the district where the park is located. "This grant will help us open up the park a lot more so that visitors can explore areas of the park that weren't accessible before because they lacked formal trails."
Assemblyman Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, presented Cox with a ceremonial check when the announcement was made. Hueso chairs the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.
The grant will pay for construction of 6 1/2 miles of multi-use trails, removal of invasive, non-native weeds and new vegetation in the 1,800-acre park, which is located south of Imperial Beach and north of the international border.
Cox said the goal is to build a 22-mile system of trails that will eventually connect to Border Field State Park, the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the California Coastal Trail and the Bayshore Bikeway.
Around 17 miles of the trail system have been funded and will be completed by the end of next year.
The California Coastal Conservancy is a state agency that works to purchase, protect, restore and enhance coastal resources.