Press release: May 20, 2015. Mr. McKernan has over six years of experience as Executive Officer of two State conservancies, and as a Program Director with the Conservation Lands Foundation. He has also served as an Environmental Director and Planner for two Native American tribes. Mr. McKernan’s most recent position is as the Executive Officer of the San Diego River Conservancy. His new responsibilities with San Dieguito River Park include directing the operations of the JPA, including managing eleven employees involved in planning, constructing, and maintaining the trails, habitat and improvements within the park. Mr. McKernan will start work in his new position on June 29.
Board Chairperson Don Mosier commented that “the San Dieguito River Park is pleased to select Kevin McKernan for this leadership role. We believe Kevin will continue the great progress being made by the park. He brings a strong background in conservation management and outdoor recreation, and a real passion for and commitment to his profession.” Mr. McKernan assumes a position previously held for 16 years by Richard Bobertz, who recently retired.
The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority manages over 55 miles of habitat and trails for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians that stretch from Volcan Mountain in northeast San Diego County to its ocean outlet at the beach in Del Mar. Over 70 miles of trails exist within the park, of which the primary feature is the Coast to Crest Trail. The San Dieguito River Park is a joint powers agency between the Cities of Del Mar, Escondido, Poway, San Diego, and Solana Beach, and the County of San Diego. The long term mission of the JPA is to finish the planning and construction of the Coast to Crest Trail from Del Mar to Julian, of which two thirds is already complete and available for public use.
Remarks by Freda Reid to the Del Mar City Council,
May 18, 2015
The Riverpath Del Mar was conceived by the Del Mar Lagoon Committee about 15 years ago. A few of the members were impatient to get started. They physically removed ice plant from the section in front of Public Works and also worked to design the path.
Several years later The Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley decided that the old Grand Ave. Bridge should be protected as an overlook for the newly restored San Dieguito Lagoon. This was achieved with assistance from Southern California Edison, its lagoon restoration contractor, Marathon Construction Corp., and the River Valley Joint Powers Authority. The Friends later took it on as a “Del Mar Spot” and are continuing its maintenance.
Along the way the much-used western section close to the river and Public Works was designed and paved with decomposed granite. Benches and signs were located, the remaining old railroad track was preserved, native plants were chosen and invasive species removed by volunteers and the City.
So there has been a lot of effort over many years to connect these parts to produce a continuous Riverpath Del Mar.
We are eager to see the current plans for the extension come to fruition as soon as possible, though the high costs and required permits were a major surprise to us. We would like to contribute $5,000 from the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley hoping that this relatively small amount will speed the conclusion of the efforts of so many people. We wish we could add a few more zeros!