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Nancy Fisher | 24th Street


One of three adopted “Spots” in Seagrove Park. 
Photos courtesy Del Mar Department of Public Works. 
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On the fifth anniversary of Del Mar’s “Adopt-A-Spot” program, the City, its Parks and Recreation Committee, and the Public Works Department should be proud of this win-win effort. Approved by the City Council in 2008, the program encourages privately-funded beautification projects of public spaces that don’t receive the care they deserve due to budget constraints.

Since the program’s inception, residents and business owners have planted, weeded, swept, pruned, and laced nine different public spaces -- and a tenth, the improved landscaping of the 20th Street Beach Access, was approved just two weeks ago.

According to the City Staff Report, examples of needy areas include small or large open spaces, City rights-of-way, transit stops, pathways, or portions of developed City properties such as a City Park or property where residents wish to brighten a “Spot” through maintenance of a flower bed.


Stratford Pathway, off Camino Del Mar, is in need of adoption.


Great examples of the latter are the three areas of Seagrove Park, two stands of Monterey Cypress and one of bushy Eucalyptus, that are maintained by professional arborist Andy McCracken at the expense of neighboring residents.

These neighbors, concerned about the long-term health of trees within their view corridor, have enhanced the beauty of Seagrove Park for all residents.
Community organizations, such as The Del Mar Garden Club and Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley have also “adopted.” Along with its long-standing maintenance of the Post Office property, the Garden Club, along with The Friends of the Powerhouse, adopted, designed, and maintain the triangle-shaped area between the Beach Safety Center and the Del Mar Motel known as the “Bill Teague Memorial Garden.” The Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley adopted the Grand Avenue Bridge and keep it clear of trash left by visitors, monitor the signage, and work with the city to remove large objects that are occasionally abandoned in the area.

On the corner of 9th and Stratford, residents have beautifully integrated two small patches of city property into their existing landscape and, just down the street, residents removed the weeds that lined the driveway leading to the Winston School Baseball field and replaced them with beautiful, drought-resistant shrubs.
Projects that are not as high profile, but equally appreciated, include a spot adopted by neighbors in the Hoska Drive area who wished to eradicate an invasive species, and residents who reduce the fire hazard in their area by annually clearing the City-owned property below the Crest Reservoir.


Residents maintain these two small parcels at the corner of Stratford and 9th Street.


Want to adopt a “Spot”? The City has some suggestions for you, and high on the list is the overgrown Stratford Pathway, which runs between Camino Del Mar and the north end of Stratford, just north of The Plaza. To adopt, contact the Public Works Department to fill out a simple form and learn how they’ll assist you with several related services, at 858-755-3294 or grouppublicworks@delmar.ca.us.


Adopted Monterey Cypress in Seagrove Park


The Bill Teague Memorial Garden near the Del Mar Motel


The driveway to the Winston School baseball field ”before


The driveway to the Winston School baseball field “after”





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