Free Events Celebrate San Diego River and our Environment
May 6, 2010 (San Diego's East County) – The 7th annual celebration of the San Diego River is set for May 8-16. River Days 2010 will have over 40 events, including nature hikes and guided tours on local ecology and history, museum and native plant garden open houses, service projects to help heal the river environment.
Several River Days Events will take place in Santee and Lakeside; events culminate with a River Fest at Qualcomm Stadium.
San Diego River Days, a yearly tradition is produced by the San Diego River Park Foundation and is the largest watershed event of its kind comprised of multiple events, most of which are free to the public.
“River Days started seven years ago as a one day celebration and has since grown to encompass two weekends” says Rob Hutsel Executive Director of the San Diego River Park Foundation. “This year we have a wider range and number of activities than in years past including RiverFest, our closing River Days event at Qualcomm Stadium, it’s all quite exciting.”
On May 8, Friends of Santee’s River Park, a chapter of the River Park Foundation will team up with the Santee Historical Society at the Historic Edgemoor Polo Barn perform various volunteer maintenance and landscaping projects including preparations for a native plant garden using plants that were used by native Americans.
Other events in the East County include a Tamarisk Bash to remove the detrimental and hazardous Tamarisk plant from the river Habitat in Mast Park, A nature walk and a 5k run are also planned. visit www.sdriverdays for a complete list of events.
The first-ever RiverFest celebration at Qualcomm stadium on May 16 will feature live bands, a 5K run/1K walk, a climbing wall, free food a performance by the Fern Street Circus, and other family-friendly fun.
“San Diego River Days and RiverFest will once again serve to reconnect thousands of people to their river through fun and informative free events”, says Hutsel,” we hope you will join us in celebration of our river and all it has to offer.”
The San Diego River Park Foundation’s mission is to engage people to work toward a better future for the San Diego River and the creation of a 52 mile river parkway from the mountains to the ocean. The River Park Foundation is a non-profit community-based organization that was founded in 2001. Since its founding, it has grown in membership to more than 3000 people and annually organizes volunteers who contribute more than 20,000 hours of service to San Diego.