New Ranger Station at Mission Trails Regional Park Breaks Ground

Local officials and members of the Mission Trails Regional Park community gathered for the groundbreaking of a new Field Station in the park’s East For- tuna Staging Area off Mast Boulevard in Santee. San Diego City Council member Scott Sherman, County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, leaders from San Diego City Parks and Recreation, Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, and artist Roman de Salvo broke ground on a nearly 5,000-square- foot ranger station. This $6 million facility will provide MTRP rangers with improved resources and facilities to better protect the park and engage with park visitors.

At the event were renderings of a new site-specific artwork by acclaimed local artist Roman de Salvo. The artwork consists of a large boulder with trail-like channels carved into its surface. A functioning drinking fountain fixture rise out of the highest point of the boulder. Water flows through the array of tiny trails in serpentine paths down the slopes of the boulder inspired by the many trails found at MTRP.

“Mission Trails Regional Park has a special place in my heart. As a native San Diegan, Mission Trails was basically my backyard and play- ground even before it became an official park,” said Council member Sherman. “I am glad we continue to invest in the future of this amazing treasure.”

“We are so fortunate to have this hidden gem in San Diego,” said Supervisor Gaspar. “The hope is that this investment will translate into more people visiting the park and enjoying everything it has to offer.”

Joseph Morse, President of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation Board shared, “My fellow Board members and I, along with the Foundation staff and supporters, are thrilled that this long- planned project is coming to fruition. Not only will this new development allow Mission Trails’ rangers to be under one roof, but it will offer more amenities for local residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation contributed $1.5 mil- lion toward this project, its third construction project in partnership with the City. Mission Trails Regional Park is a jewel in the San Diego region and is one of the largest urban parks in the country consisting of over 7,219 acres over 11 square miles. MTRP has more than sixty miles of hiking, mountain bike, and equestrian trails, a rock climbing area, a stunning 14,000-square-foot Visitor and Interpretive Center, and the Kumeyaay Lake Campground.

Construction of the ranger station is expected to be completed in early winter of 2019. This area will still be open to park visitors, but construction vehicles may be parked along the staging area, and noise from construction equipment may be heard on weekdays from 7:30AM to 5PM.