March 11, 2011
County Supervisor Greg Cox joined County Parks and Recreation staff and community members Friday to celebrate the grand opening of over $10 million in additions to Sweetwater Regional Park’s Summit Campground and Eastview Park.
“This has become the crown jewel in the County Parks system with something here for every San Diegan,” Supervisor Cox said. “If you want to get away and enjoy nature without traveling far, Sweetwater is perfect.”
Reservations opened Friday for the park’s new 63-spot Summit Campground. Each campsite has full RV hookups, a picnic table, a fire ring and views of the Sweetwater River Valley and mountain peaks. To reserve a spot now for April 1 and beyond, you can visit Parks and Recreation's online reservations page.
People who haven’t visited the 205-acre regional park in Bonita lately will be amazed at its transformation. A community room with fireplaces and a deck overlooking the Sweetwater Reservoir is now open for events, meetings and camp programs. A camp amphitheater nestles among the new native grass and trees. A playground and children’s climbing wall near the campground welcome campers and day visitors. Improved trails around the park connect horseback riders, hikers and bikers to the regional system.
Eastview Park, the day park on the grounds, features a large splash park with colorful water features, and a dry playground to keep kids busy. Visitors can enjoy a meal in the new large central pavilion with picnic tables and barbecues.
Many of the improvements came from an agreement with Caltrans to offset 44 acres of parkland that became part of the State Route 125 corridor. South Bay Expressway, the company that built and operates the SR 125 toll road, funded and helped oversee the construction of about $5 million in new park features.
Most of the new campground was built with a $1.5 million state grant through Proposition 40, a 2002 California bond measure for clean air and water and neighborhood parks, and $4.2 million in County funding.
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