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Open Air Classroom
Jeffrey Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive


San Dieguito River Park Trailside Classroom
Preliminary Concepts, Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects - Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, Inc.

Preliminary Concept


Construction will begin next year on a Lagoon Trailside Open-Air Classroom for the San Dieguito River Park. The earlier designation ‘Amphitheater’ was changed to bring out its main purpose. A nickname based on its shape is being considered: ‘The Birdwing’. Proposed to be carved into the hillside slope between the upper and lower trails to the east of the future Lagoon Center, it will be about 1500 square feet, will be shaded and seat around 80 people. Before it is approved for construction, the River Park will need to obtain permits and environmental clearance including a permit from the California Coastal Commission.

County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price directed $112,600 of discretionary tax-payer funded grant money to the Joint Powers Authority of the SDR Park, which will cover roughly one third of the estimated $340,000 cost. The Neighborhood Investment Program of such discretionary grant funds, which allots each County Supervisor $1 million annually, is under attack. Of the two candidates seeking to succeed Slater-Price, Steve Danon has said he would do away with it, while Dave Roberts supports its continuance. Donations will be appreciated: call the SDRV Conservancy at 858 755-6956 or go online at www.sdrvc.org.

Also coming soon to the adjacent area in the corner of the Park near the crossing of Via de la Valle and San Andres is the much needed Ranger Maintenance building.


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