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June 05, 2012

Thanks for Making the 2nd Annual Discover Otay Valley Regional Park Day a Success!

Birding, Native Plants, Hiking, Mt.'s all still there for you to explore
Eric Runningpath and Girl Scouts doing the Rabbit Dance at Discover OVRP Day 2012

The 2nd Annual Discover Otay Valley Regional Park Day was held on June 2nd at the Beyer Blvd. Ranger Station. 160 visitors enjoyed the park on this celebratory day and participated in native plant walks with the San Diego Chapter of the CA Native Plant Society and a bird walk with the San Diego Chapter of the Audubon Society. Hikers and Mt. Bikers explored the 8 miles of trails and returned to the Ranger station to see Eric Runningpath's Native American Hoop and Grass Dances. The BLM's live reptile display was a hit with visitors, and snakes, desert tortoises and chuckwallas mingled with the park's human guests. The Earth Discovery Insitute and I Love a Clean San Diego taught visitors about the dangers of urban runoff for riparian areas and the ocean environment. Free native plants were donated by Terra Bella Nurseries and horses were on site at the Mace St. Staging Area.

Many thanks to County Supervisor Greg Cox, District 8 San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez, City of Chula Vista Councilmember Pamella Bensoussan, and Denise Ducheny (running to represent CA's 51st Congressional District) for their inspirational words about the Otay Valley Regional Park and the outdoor recreational opportunities available to park visitors.

The Otay Valley Regional Park is an open space gem in south San Diego Bay. If you've never visited the park you're in for a treat, whether on foot or bike, with the kids and your pets.

More thanks go out to the OVRP Rangers, I Love a Clean San Diego, Earth Discovery Institute, John Willett, San Diego County Parks and Recreation, The Bureau of Land Management, Eric Runingpath, San Diego Audubon Society and Frank Wong, The San Diego Chapter of the CA Native Plant Society and Betsy Cory, Earth Discovery Institute, The Bonita Valley Horsemen, and Terra Bella Nurseries.