CELEBRATING NATIONAL TRAILS DAY IN THE OTAY VALLEY REGIONAL PARK

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Eric Runningpath with participants during a Kumeyaay dance!

In celebration of National Trails Day on June 6th, WILDCOAST and City of San Diego Rangers carried out the 5th annual “Discover Otay Valley Regional Park Day. There were 250 participants throughout the day who came to enjoy environmental education and cultural activities, participate on guided walks, listen to speakers and win prizes in a fantastic raffle support by REI, TerraBella Nursery, Sea World and Living Coast Discovery Center.

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Councilmember David Alvarez presenting a Discover OVRP Day proclamation to Senior Ranger John Barone!

This annual event gives community members a chance to learn about the Otay Valley Regional Park and organizations that work to protect and enhance the park. This year we had live animal demos from the Bureau of Land Management, environmental education activities by the Girl Scouts and I Love A Clean San Diego, and even a renewable energy display from San Diego Gas and Electric.

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Fenton Pond in the OVRP- beautiful spot to take a break from a hike.

As the Otay Valley Regional Park is a “multijurisdictional park”, or managed by three different agencies, we had an ensemble elected officials come speak about the importance of open space and the park. This included Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas, Chula Vista Councilmember Steve Miesen, City of San Diego Councilmember David Alvarez , County Supervisor Greg Cox and Imperial Beach Mayor Sere Dedina. It was an honor to have such accomplished decision makers out for our event!! See you there next year!!

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