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New fence beautifies Chollas Creek, enhances walkability
Residents of urban San Diego will have improved access to trails and the Bayshore Bikeway thanks to a new fence that has been installed along Chollas Creek.
Groundwork San Diego members and supporters, as well as Supervisor Greg Cox and District 8 Councilmember David Alvarez gathered April 30 for a dedication.
The 1,000 linear feet of split rail woodcrete fence was installed along the Southcrest segment of Chollas Creek between Newton and 40th St. by southeastern San Diego nonprofit Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek. The project was supported by the County of San Diego’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program.
“The new fencing certainly beautifies the area, and more importantly, links communities to one another and to nature,” says Leslie Reynolds, executive director of Groundwork San Diego. “With the cooperation and support of community leader Eva Vargas and County Supervisor Greg Cox, we were able to get this project done.”
Part of the Chollas Walk Trail Improvement and Interpretation Project, the fence will improve a major linkage for southeast communities Southcrest and Mountain View and ultimately will be an important part of a 32-mile Creek to Bayshore Bikeway plan. It will also include numerous interpretive elements showing the connectivity of Chollas Creek to San Diego Bay.
The fence will serve the 26,000 residents of Southcrest and Mountain View by providing better exposure of the creek through its wide slats. It will also hopefully reduce illegal activity such as homeless encampments, creek dumping and graffiti.
“This fence will encourage more people to get outdoors and explore the natural beauty of Chollas Creek,” said Supervisor Greg Cox.
Groundwork is pursuing additional funding for creek beautification and educational neighborhood programs. It also hosts creek cleanups and is collaborating with local schools on conservation science and climate change programs.
For more information about Groundwork, please contact Groundwork executive director Leslie Reynolds at 619-543-0430.
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