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Kehoe seeks Del Mar greenway

(SAN DIEGO) – Sen. Christine Kehoe is calling for establishing a greenway along the Del Mar Fairgrounds and San Dieguito River that would create new public access to the ocean and provide habitat for shore birds and other wildlife.

“I support the continued successful operation of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Race Track and Horse Park, and am equally supportive of public access and protecting the wetlands habitat immediately north of the river,” said Kehoe. “This new greenway would restore a natural buffer and extend the Coast to Crest Trail toward the ocean.”

The Fairgrounds recently released a draft environmental impact report for its 2008 Master Plan, which proposes constructing a condo-hotel and fitness center on the Fairgrounds, in addition to replacing exhibit halls and other construction projects.

Kehoe is considering introducing legislation next year that would ask a state agency to determine the appropriate size of a buffer area along the river.