San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Breaks Ground
Local Land Restoration
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy broke ground on habitat enhancement of Harbaugh Seaside Trails, the three-acre overlook bordering Solana Beach and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, in early March. Improvements of the open space include: removal of invasive plant species for native plantings that will attract pollinators and link the habitat to San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve; installation of a viewing deck and interpretive signs on the northern end; installation of a donor monument, designed by Coastal Rail Trail artist Betsy Schulz, on the southern end; and construction of a railroad undercrossing that will provide visitors safer coastal access to the reserve. The restoration is expected to take one year, with an anticipated grand opening of the trails in early 2020.
San Diego’s north coastal communities fought to protect Harbaugh Seaside Trails, formerly known as The Gateway Property, for years. In 2011, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy was able to purchase the property with the support of lenders and a $1.15 million gift from The Harbaugh Foundation. “Harbaugh Seaside Trails, with its tremendous views of the ocean and San Elijo Lagoon, is a great asset to the public,” said Joe Balla, Director of The Harbaugh Foundation. “We are proud to have played a part in preserving this landmark site for all to enjoy.”
Volunteer opportunities will be open to the community to help plant native species in the fall. For more information visit www.sanelijo.org/seasidetrails.