Building a Continuous Trail along the San Diego River

Editor’s Note: In May, SDG&E launched a campaign to engage local residents to help us direct donations to nature trail projects led by three nonprofit organizations. Whenever someone processes an energy efficiency rebate through our Marketplace web portal, they are invited to let us know which local project/nonprofit they would like SDG&E to direct a $10 donation on their behalf. To date, this campaign has raised a more than $4,500 for the nonprofits. Today, we profile one of the organizations benefiting from our campaign.

Have you ever visited the San Diego River? Do you know where it starts, where it ends, and the communities it flows through?

For many San Diegans, this green ribbon is a largely forgotten natural resource, even though it’s our region’s namesake river. Look at a map of the river and you will be amazed that it actually winds 52 miles east to west from the mountain tops near Julian and Santa Ysabel through valleys, farmlands, and cities all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

This river has a passionate advocate in the form of The San Diego River Park Foundation, which has a vision to create a river-long park system, complete with welcoming and safe trails and educational displays. So far, a handful of segments of the trail have been developed, but some crucial connectors are still needed.

Funds from our Marketplace donation program will support the River Park Foundation’s trail development and enhancements. From wayfinding signage to new trail connectors, these funds will ultimately help advance the foundation’s goal of helping San Diegans to develop an appreciation for the river, and an interest in protecting it.

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For those who enjoy discovering hidden treasures, check out this brochure that highlights place to visit along the River.