Park Plans First Community Celebration, Opens Bayshore Bikeway Link
May 28, 2011 (Otay Valley) --Otay Valley Regional Park will host its first-ever parkwide community event and open the long-awaited link between the park’s 8-mile trail system and the 26-mile Bayshore Bikeway on June 4th, National Trails Day.
The first-annual “Discover Otay Valley Regional Park,” will feature activities at seven different areas of Western Otay Valley Regional Park, a 2,000-acre open space in San Diego and Chula Vista with 8.2 miles of trails.
"Over the years, devoted volunteers and three jurisdictions have nurtured and improved Otay Valley, but even people who live nearby don’t always realize there’s beautiful park with a long trail system along the Otay River,” said Supervisor Greg Cox. “We hope new families, bike riders, hikers and horseback riders will “discover” the improved park at this event.“And the Bayshore Bikeway link means residents and visitors can wheel in all the way from San Diego, and more South Bay residents than ever can access the path close to home,” Cox said.
The Bayshore Bikeway goes around San Diego Bay. The Otay Valley park trail-system will link at the park’s western edge. The “Discover” lineup includes guided hikes and horseback rides, public safety displays, a ”poker hike and ride contest,” nature talks, a bird watching walk, information booths and youth activities. Supervisor Cox, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, Chula Vista Councilwoman Pamela Bensoussan and San Diego District 8 Councilman David Alvarez will kick off the day at the park’s ranger station.
A joint planning and management effort between the County of San Diego and the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista, the park in recent years has added numerous trails and connections, staging areas and native plants. For more information see the flyer here.With four ponds and a variety of habitats, including riparian woodland, coastal sage scrub, and maritime succulent scrub, Otay Valley Regional Park supports an abundance of wildlife, including 200 species of birds, gray foxes, American badgers and the pacific tree frog.