When I came to San Diego in April 1993, I discovered the San Diego River. Although it is nothing like the mighty Mississippi, it’s hard to miss since it runs right through Mission Valley, possibly the most important area outside of downtown. After all, it’s where the San Diego Chargers claim to play professional football….
There was talk of turning the river into a San Diego version of the San Antonio River Walk. That talk came from the powers that be, but the masses were having nothing of it. They loved their natural river and wanted it to stay that way.
Sadly, though, there was no way to really enjoy the river. Boating and swimming aren’t allowed in it, and since it likes to flood, there are no river bank walkways.
The San Diego River Conservancy, founded in 2001, is attempting to create riverside paths so that we can better enjoy the river in all its beauty.
One of the goals of the San Diego River Conservancy is to create the San Diego River Park system from the mountains to the ocean, a 52-mile stretch from its source to its mouth at the Pacific Ocean.
Recently I was at the mouth of the river and saw some of the work that the Conservancy has been doing:
All of Mission Valley suffers from a graffiti problem as you can see in the following picture:
But much of the graffiti on the River Path is getting better, so to speak.
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Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos at Fine Art America