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May 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—After being closed or two years due to city budget cuts, Kumeyaay Campground at Mission Trails Regional Park is now open again to campers on Friday and Saturday nights.

The San Diego City Council authorized the funding at the request of Councilmember Scott Sherman, according to an article in the Mission Trails Regional Park newsletter.

An extra full-time ranger and part-time director will be hired to oversee the campground operations.

The Kumeyaay site includes 46 rustic campsites and a comfort station with showers. The campground is next to a small lake and wilderness just steps away, with over 50 miles of trails.

To make an overnight reservation,which costs $20, visit  activenet.active.com/sdparkandrec

 Park visitors have been allowed access for day use of the campsites, but have not had access to overnight camping since it was closed by the City of San Diego in 2011.  

The campground offers a number of activities for people of all ages. The second Friday of each month, the public is invited to join members of the San Diego Astronomy Association at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground Overflow Parking Lot to view the universe through high-powered telescopes.  

On the second and fourth Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., a volunteer trail guide offers free guided nature walk that leaves campground entry station. 

Jay Wilson, Executive Director of Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation said. “Camping here is a great way for San Diegans to experience the wonders of our park at night and during the day, all while staying within the City of San Diego.”

For more information, visit www.mtrp.org.