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Lagoon Day Lives
Terry Kopanski | Zapo Street

Courtesy Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley.
Photo Stu Smith.
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In Aprils past, nature enthusiasts enjoyed celebrating Lagoon Day at the Powerhouse with wine and cheese followed by a featured speaker on a Lagoon subject of interest. This year April came and went, but no Lagoon Day at the Powerhouse. Where did it go?

Lagoon Day has moved to the Lagoon. On Saturday, May 21st, two events - Lagoon Day – and - the opening of the River Path Del Mar Trail Extension - will join forces for a celebration. The celebration will take place in two different Lagoon venues. At the Birdwing, from 9am to 11:30am, the focus will be on fun and learning activities for everyone in the family. It will be an opportunity to introduce our next generation to the wonders of the San Dieguito Lagoon through hands-on projects. Free nutritional snacks and water will be available.

At 12:30, the venue shifts south to the Grand Avenue Pier with a ribbon-cutting to memorialize the opening of the River Path Del Mar Extension, from Jimmy Durante east to the Pier, a project that has taken some 25 years and more than $400,000 to become a reality. The Extension was made possible largely through grants and the generosity of private donors. It is an important link in the Scenic Loop Trail – a seven-mile trail around the City’s perimeter.

There will be the opportunity, from 1 to 3, to be among the first to explore this new section of trail and then meet and share impressions with others at Del Mar’s north commercial zone. The Zone will be enclosed and offer a variety of San Diego craft beers hosted by Vigilante Brewing Co., local wines, a food truck, and feel-good music.

This year the Del Mar San Dieguito Lagoon Committee is partnering with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the San Dieguito River Park for the combined event.

The Lagoon Committee is celebrating its work over 42 years of preserving and revitalizing the Lagoon. The Committee is currently engaged in the next critical link in the Scenic Loop Trail, joining the River Path Trail and the Crest Canyon Trail. It will create one of the most scenic hiking paths in the County as it follows the south bank of the San Dieguito River then along the San Dieguito Lagoon with elevated views of the wetlands habitat and then up and through bird-filled Crest Canyon. The Committee is also currently undertaking a website dedicated to the San Dieguito Lagoon.

To learn more about Lagoon Day visit www.lagoondaydlmar.com/


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