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My Take – Alpine Revitalization: By Mary Harris

My Take – Alpine Revitalization – By Mary Harris, February 2019

I am always happy to hear when Dianne Jacob is coming to town. She rolled in with her posse to head up the Revitalization Meeting. What follows are my observations.

While talk of integrating sports programs at Joan Macqueen Middle School with other community facilities and sports fields and venues were discussed, the bigger news was about the new park! Choosing to save the best for last, find details near the end.

Chamber of Commerce director, Alex Ward, had done his homework, providing multiple suggestions, including sprucing up the Triangle, the area behind the Tag Stop where Arnold Way and Alpine Boulevard merge at the traffic signal and renovating the ‘Welcome to Alpine’ sign.  He boasted of the project in which the Chamber has partnered with BCLT to install native plants and even native oak trees along Alpine Boulevard.

Mr. Green, of BCLT, shared his success in getting a grant that helped with funding the purchase of native plants and young oaks for the Alpine Boulevard project. The Engelmann Oak, a threatened species, was top choice for the tree selection, but it appears that the Coastal Live Oak was chosen instead, unless an Engelman was added since this writing.

Tom Myers, of the Historical Society, received grant money which will pay for the restoration of the concrete floor of the Carriage House. Grant money is available for projects deemed worthy, through the Community Enhancement Project. Ms. Jacob cautioned that the grant’s application deadline is coming up in March. Money went for the removal of eucalyptus trees at the museum site on Tavern Road, as well, and native Oaks were planted in their place.

Public Works was able to obtain grant money for improving a sidewalk at the Rios Canyon School. The ACPG chairman stressed improved circulation. The ACPG suffered a loss when Circulation Specialist, Jim Lundquist, resigned last year. Neville gave a detailed presentation explaining the needs of better circulation for the purpose of fire safety. More development necessitates road improvements.

The HIGHLIGHT was the announcement that the county is just steps away from purchasing long awaited parkland. On Wednesday, February 27 at 9 am. a public hearing will be held regarding this landmark purchase. It is almost time to break open the champagne bottles!  After twenty years of persistence, during which some of our elected officials had given up on getting a county park, we will finally taste the fruit of our labors. The maintenance issue was a hang up until recently because of a law prohibiting the county from being able to provide maintenance for new parks. Thankfully, that changed! Of the near hundred acres, ten to twenty acres are purposed for an active County Park. The remainder is slotted for open space. The County is considering options as to which nonprofit entity may be chosen to manage the open space part of the parkland.

Ms. Jacob clearly stated that Alpine shouldn’t short itself when it comes to choosing park amenities, and Bill Saumier, of County Parks and Recreation, assured me that a dog park will be included. Look for announcements of meetings encouraging community participation on Alpine Community Network, and the Alpine Sun. The rewards of becoming involved in the community where we live are feeling a part of creating a supportive environment for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

 

 

 

 

County Moving Ahead on Proposed Alpine Park

By Alex Ward, Alpine Chamber of Commerce – February 13, 2019

The goal of a San Diego County Park in Alpine appeared to be closer to reality at the latest Hot Topics” breakfast of the Alpine Chamber of Commerce.

Guest speaker George Barnett of the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) outlined the history of the proposed park and what authorities are doing to move the project along during the Feb. 12 Chamber meeting. The county Board of Supervisors is expected to approve funding when they meet about the park acquisition on Feb. 27, Barnett told the crowd at Al Pancho’s Restaurant at 2139 Alpine Blvd. “By the end of April the county will have a good idea of how much of that (land) can be developed,” Barnett said. “The county will have a series of town hall meetings and workshops to determine what we want.”

He said the proposed park along South Grade Road is undergoing an environmental assessment for possible uses. The land abuts the Wright’s Field preserve owned by BCLT in the center of Alpine. A companion project is the development of playing fields at nearby Joan MacQueen Middle School at 2001 Tavern Road. “A benefactor in Alpine has agreed to fund a water well and irrigation infrastructure and on-going maintenance for the middle school playing fields,” Barnett said, That impressed the Chamber members and guests, who listened carefully as the speaker noted that the Alpine Education Foundation has applied for neighborhood reinvestment grants to help the middle school project.

Barnett said the $900,000 would come from the county’s parkland development account, funded by developers’ fees. Jon Green, BCLT’s program and outreach director, spoke in support of the proposed park.  Green also encouraged everyone to continue treating 230-acre Wright’s Field preserve —- which shares history with the Kumeyaay Indians, the Spaniards who came here and the homesteaders —- as precious ground. “We all value Wright’s Field,” Green said. “It is as close as we can get to having sacred ground in this county.” Noting that Wright’s Field has many kinds of animals and plants, Barnett said the park land assessment needs to be thorough “because this is a very rare environment.” “How many towns in the world are going to have 300 acres of park land right in their middle?” he added.

In other business, Chamber Executive Director Alex Ward talked about new Chamber opportunities and activities.
A major new event is the free Spring Art & Music Festival on Saturday, April 13, at the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. Vendors will be welcome. “We’re hoping to have a lot of artists as well as musicians,” Ward said.

*Read past posts on this subject HERE

 

Alpine Chamber of commerce Logo Alpine Ca 91901The Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

619. 445.2722

1620 Alpine Blvd., Ste. #208, Alpine Ca 91901

www.alpinechamber.com

 

JMMS Sports Fields and a New Park for Alpine Update – February 6, 2019

Parkland for Alpine – Update February 6, 2019 – Submitted By George Barnett

Along with Travis Lyon, Jim Easterling, and Jon Green, I attended meetings yesterday hosted by Brian Albright, Director of Parks and Recreation for the County of San Diego. Mr. Albright’s executive staff also participated. Two major parkland developments for Alpine were discussed. Following are my personal observations:

Joan MacQueen Middle School Playing Fields:
Concept plans are completed, and Alpine Union School District (AUSD) is moving ahead. The County process for directing developers’ fees to the project from the Alpine Park Land Development Ordinance account was reviewed. Ordinance compliance issues were discussed, and were integrated into the timing schedule. A key component will be the preparing of architectural designs and cost estimates. The matter of well water and irrigation infrastructure for grass fields, and the maintenance of infrastructure over time, has been addressed by the very kind offer from an Alpine resident.

Alpine Community Park:
The County has completed negotiations to buy 98 acres of Wrights Field open space not owned by the Back Country Land Trust. Next steps include the Board of Supervisors final approvals on funding and acquisition expected later this month. Once escrow is completed and the land owned by the County, and once the County concludes an environmental survey of the land, the County will begin community outreach through the Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) and by County-hosted community workshops. Those efforts will include the solicitation of ideas, wants and needs from the community. The County expects to begin its outreach late April or early May. Environmental studies on the targeted land site have started. Those studies will indicate how much of the 98 acres can be used for parkland (as opposed to passive use as open space), and will give insight into the types of facilities that could be suitable under California’s environmental law. As Director & Officer of the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT), I pledged BCLT’s and its Partners resources in support to the County on biological resource land management, fire fuels reduction, waterway clean-out and restoration, on environmental education via BCLT’s Living Classroom Program in association with Alpine Education Foundation, and on habitat restoration.

By implication, through the sustained efforts of many, and due to the firm commitment of Supervisor Dianne Jacob to Alpine and to our children, Alpine is destined to have unsurpassed open space preserves, a community park, and refurbished, modern sports playing fields at its middle school! 😁

For clarity, the non-County attendees at the meetings were:

George Barnett (me); elected ACPG member & secretary of its Parks Subcommittee, director/officer of BCLT.
Travis Lyon; elected ACPG member & chairperson, elected Trustee AUSD, and director of BCLT. Jim Easterling; elected ACPG member and chairperson of its Parks Subcommittee; & elected member and President of Alpine Fire Protection District. Jon Green; Program & Outreach Director of BCLT

The above comments are mine personally, and are not intended to be those of the others attending.

 

 

“I Love A Clean Alpine” Community Cleanup – April 21, 2018

Join Back Country Land Trust to help clean up our beautiful town of Alpine.

I Love A Clean Alpine will take place on Saturday, April 21st at the Alpine Regional Center (1620 Alpine Boulevard) from 9 am – 12 pm.

We’ll be cleaning up trash at Alpine Blvd & Tavern Rd with our partners at I Love A Clean San Diego as part of the 16th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup!

Last year, a record breaking 6,588 volunteers came out to our 112 sites and successfully removed over 194,169 pounds of litter and debris. Instead of turning a blind eye to the abundance of litter found across San Diego County, our volunteers channeled their passion into action for San Diego’s environment to protect and enhance it.

Online registration is here: http://creektobay.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=2

ALL VOLUNTEERS GET 10% DISCOUNT AT ALPINE BEER CO!

Community Meeting / Open House – FUTURE COUNTY PARKS IN ALPINE – December 18, 2017

OPEN HOUSE – Future County Parks in Alpine on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Alpine Library (1752 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, CA 91901) You are invited to an open house to provide input to the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation for the future development of parks in the Alpine community. This is a free event. All ages are welcome.

For more information, contact: Judy Tjiong-Pietrzak at 858-966-1340 or email judy.tjiong-pietrzak@sdcounty.ca.gov

www.sdparks.org