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Payback Time
Barbara Mandel Pache, Coordinator, Campaign Del Mar Shores

Friends of Del Mar Parks Donors Assure June Loan Payment Made

The Friends of Del Mar Parks have made an additional transfer of $30,000 to help cover the City’s June 30 loan payment on the acquisition of Del Mar Shores Park.
The Friends have now forwarded $163,000 in addition to the initial $5,140,000 contributed to close escrow on the property in May 2008. Payments by the City have totaled $199,000, with approximately $19,000 being advanced from the Open Space fund. The Council is beginning to explore alternate financing plans so payments on the property will not impact the City’s operating budget.

Friends’ President Joe Sullivan reiterated at the June 15 City Council workshop that the Friends continue to raise funds throughout the community, and despite the economic downturn, receive contributions weekly. A total of 469 families have made contributions to the Campaign. The Friends’ immediate goal is to raise the $28,944 required for the City’s August 15 payment.

The community vision for Del Mar Shores Park includes community gardens, playing fields, enhanced tot lot, fenced dog area, basketball court, benches and picnic tables. The park will share facilities with The Winston School. Community members interested in more information on opportunities to name any of these park features with a memorial gift should contact the Friends at 858-481-4201 or www.delmarshores.org.


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