Dear Friend of Mission Trails,
Did you know that the park’s Old Mission Dam is a National Historic Landmark? It earned the distinction in 1963 and is one of only 17 National Historic Landmarks in San Diego County.
Thanks to the advocacy of City Councilmember and Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Task Force Chair Raul Campillo (D-7), crucial funding for the dredging of Old Mission Dam has been requested in the City’s 2023 Fiscal Year Parks and Recreation Department budget. Dredging of the dam should take place every few years to remove excess silt deposits to ensure the structure remains intact. The $750,000 requested by Councilmember Campillo will be used toward this necessary, required maintenance.
Here’s how you can help secure the funding to preserve and protect Old Mission Dam. Members of the MTRP community can support the proposed funding for the dredging this Thursday, May 5 at 9AM:
On Thursday morning, the City of San Diego’s Budget Review Committee will consider the proposed Parks and Recreation Department Budget, and we’re asking you to offer testimony on the importance of Old Mission Dam, either via phone or in person.
Instructions to join the meeting virtually or in person, and how you can offer testimony are provided through this link. If you would like to attend the meeting in person, staff from the District 7 office can validate your parking.
Many thanks for your support of this crucially important project at Mission Trails, and for all you do to preserve and protect the park.
This is written by B. Lane MacKenzie, Board President and Jennifer Morrissey, Executive Director
Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation