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There's Still Time 

Ann Gardner | Via Latina

Courtesy San Dieguito River Park
Concept section between admin building and interpretive center through ampitheater. Built into bermed hillside the concept includes solar chimney cooling towers and viewing platforms.


Sandpiper readers can still provide input on the proposed San Dieguito Lagoon Center, at least through the first week of September, according to Susan Carter, Park Assistant Director. Conceptual site plans including cross sections, building designs and floor plans are posted on the River Park website for input through the end of August but Carter said they would accept additional input through at least the first week of September.

Del Mar Council members Crawford and Mosier and a number of residents attended the three-day design open house at the River Park site in July, walking the property, identifying view corridors and providing input on everything from building design and exhibit space to roof patios and trail heads. Carter said that over the weekend alternative ideas were narrowed to one preferred concept that was refined even further after a final stakeholders steering committee meeting in August.

This month the architects will finalize the plans based on additional comments received online. Then the River Park Joint Powers Agency and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy will begin seeking funds for construction. Mayor Crawford said she was especially pleased to hear that the project could be built in phases depending on available funding. “We want to get started as soon as possible,” Carter confirmed.
To take a look at the design concepts and provide your input, visit the River Parks website at www.sdrp.org. Be sure to click on the graphics to view larger images.


Courtesy San Dieguito River Park
Conceptual site plan created during San Dieguito River Park public open house in July features berms to hide the noise and views of Via de la Valle, moving public spaces to the east for optimal views of the lagoon and mountains; chaparral, coastal sage and riparian landscapes, and separation of equestrian staging from car parking.  Architects will refine plans further based on additional public input being accepted now on River Park website."


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