Del Mar is finalizing design for the Riverpath Del Mar Phase III Extension Project. The half-mile-long trail would run adjacent to San Dieguito Drive and provide a connection between the existing Riverpath that ends at Grand Avenue Overlook and Crest Canyon Trail. The new trail would include a combination of decomposed granite walkways, at-grade boardwalks, and elevated boardwalks.
As the gateway to the San Dieguito River Valley, the San Dieguito Lagoon provides habitat for sensitive wildlife and is an important stop for migrating birds. For people, Riverpath Del Mar is a popular destination for walking, jogging, birdwatching, and photography.
In partnership with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, the City has opened existing trail segments between the railroad tracks and Grand Avenue Overlook. For this project, the Conservancy has offered funding and a location to complete required environmental mitigation.
Additional funding has come from the City, the Conservancy, the County of San Diego, Malk Nature Fund, REI, and generous gifts from the Conservancy’s donors. The City is currently seeking additional funding sources to construct the project.
Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2024 and last about four months.