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Welcome, Shawna!
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive

Courtesy Shawna Anderson.

Shawna Anderson was unanimously named Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority at the JPA Board meeting on November 20. She had acted as Interim Executive Director since Kevin McKernan stepped down in September. Most important she had been the Principal Planner for the Park since 2000, a key figure in the Park’s remarkable development.

One of her major accomplishments is so recent that it wasn’t included in her application. Largely through her persistent efforts the Park just received a grant of $1.39 million from the California Recreational Trails and Greenways Program for a one-mile segment of the Coast to Crest Trail including a bridge over the San Dieguito River in the Fairbanks Ranch area. It will link 4 miles of existing trail along the Lagoon and by the Horse Park to a segment in the Santa Fe Valley. The grant covers design, permitting, and construction. The bridge will be similar to the one in Del Dios Gorge west of Lake Hodges Dam that is visible from Del Dios Highway.

Shawna lives in Mission Hills with her husband, a private consultant in urban planning, and two grown children, 18 and 22. Appropriately she likes to hike and thinks her new position will get her away from the desk and out onto the trails even more than before, since she wants to stay in touch with staff and public, with what’s going on in the Park. The Park is experiencing increased popularity because of the pandemic. A second major phase of the Lagoon Restoration in the area west of El Camino Real and north of the Dust Devil Nature Trail, which Shawna helped plan, is set to begin construction in Fall 2021.



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