SD Foundation Awards $42,000 Grant
6.9.11 San Diego Canyonlands is pleased to announce an award of $42,000 from The San Diego Foundation to continue efforts to dedicate approximately 10,000 acres of City-owned open space as parkland and to establish a San Diego Regional Canyonlands Park. The Canyonlands Park concept was envisioned by former Union Tribune columnist and author Richard Louv as a way of uniting the city's canyons and celebrating their unique geographic contribution collectively. Over the decades, city planners have purposely preserved the canyons and steep slopes that define our city. The land dedication campaign is the continuation of efforts that began in 2006, after a non-profit called "Civic Solutions" submitted a Canyonlands White Paper to the Natural Resources and Culture Committee (NR&C) calling for dedication of the land to lock in our canyon-lands legacy. The NR&C Committee, then chaired by Councilmember Donna Frye, had requested a report from the city's Park and Recreation Department which indicated that over 17,000 acres of City-owned open spaces were ripe for dedication as parkland.