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The San Diego River Discovery Center at Grant Park



Download a fact sheet here: Discovery Center at Grant Park Fact Sheet.

GREAT NEWS: On Sept. 20, 2018 Project was approved by the City of San Diego Planning Commission
Read our CEO's Remarks at the Hearing (PDF)



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Imagine a place that brings people together to foster a sense of community, provides greatly needed park space and reawakens connections to the region’s namesake river. Imagine a place that advances an understanding of the San Diego River and promotes stewardship of this important ecological and cultural resource so that it thrives into the future.

Imagine a place that provides hands-on science based nature education and experiences to 25,000 kids each year!

In May 2009, this vision of a new place where people could enjoy and connect with the San Diego River took a major step forward when the San Diego River Park Foundation signed a donation agreement with a remarkable family, the Grants. This longstanding San Diegan family decided to donate their 17-acre river-fronting property to benefit the community of Mission Valley and San Diego in general.

With this inspiring action, the San Diego River Discovery Center at Grant Park was born.

This 17-acre site is in the heart of Mission Valley. Prominently located at the northeast corner of Qualcomm Way and Camino del Rio North, the site is easily accessible by foot, bicycle, trolley, bus and automobile.

Grant Park is being designed to serve as a nature-based park, education center and community destination. It will also be a place that we find inspiration in our San Diego River. .


UPDATE: September 20, 2018

PLANNING COMMISSION Gives Unanimous Approval!
With comments such as "In your career you get to work on some cool projects, and this is one of them," the Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve the major permit for the project! A fantastic turnout of supporters erupted in applause.

After 4+ years of permit process, the long wait is over. There is a 10 day "appeal" period and then the permit becomes official. We will immediately start work on the next steps and re-start our fundraising campaign.

Our tremendous thanks to all the wonderful supporters who have donated funds to allow the project to get to this point. Your commitment to this dream is incredible.

With our Permit in hand we will focus attention on raising funds to build the center. We have divided the effort into 3 phases

    • Phase 1 - $810,000 to finish construction drawings, grading permit and to take us up to breaking ground!
      UPDATE 11-3-2018 : We surpassed $500,000 Raised!
  • Phase 2 - $2,200,000 for utilities, grading, 1st layer of parking lot, curbs, etc.
  • Phase 3 - will be finalized during Phase 1 - current estimate $5,490,000 (this will be refined as project advances)

TOTAL BUILDING FUND GOAL is currently $8,500,000.

Upcoming Steps: new web site will be designed with design details and program information.


Please call 619-297-738 for information or email RSVP@sandiegoriver.org.

COMMENTS and QUESTIONS are invited! Click here to send us an email with your thoughts and questions

When the land value, design, permitting and construction costs as well as a $2.5 million operating reserve are considered, the Board of Directors adopted a budget for this project of $21.6 million. It was increased to $22.6 million when the appraised value of the donated land was $1 million more than anticipated. More than 60% of the total budget has aready been raised.

If you would like to learn about how you can support this project, please contact Rob Hutsel, President and CEO at 619-297-7380 x108 or by email.

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Other Donation Options
1. By Mail: Send a check payable to " The San Diego River Park Foundation" to PO Box 80126, San Diego, CA 92138 or print form.

2. By Phone: (619) 297-7380 9AM - 6PM Monday - Friday to make a donation by credit or bank card over the phone.

Our EIN is 01-0565671
As a 501 c3 public benefit non-profit, your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

PROJECT TEAM:

Lead Architect: Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects

Primary Consultants:
MIG Landscape Architecture
Rick Engineering
RECON Environmental
Dusty Ucker, Project Manager


Interested in learning more about this project? Presentations can also be made to your group or organization. Contact Rob Hutsel, President and CEO, at rob@sandiegoriver.org or (619) 297-7380.


 

 

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THANK YOU
Major Gift Donors and Grantors

$100,000 or +
Cookie and Tom Sudberry
Pat Grant, DVM
Westfield LLC
Jerry and Jill Hall Charitable Fund at The San Diego Foundation
Alta Company LLC
Philip R. Pryde

San Diego River Conservancy

$25,000 - $99,999
Alliance Data
The Parker Foundation
SEAT Planners, Inc.
Sempra Energy Foundation

Principal Life Insurance Company (Hazard Center)
San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego Kiwanis Club Foundation
Fay Riha
Price Philanthropies Foundation
Claude A. and Johann S. Petty Foundation
Claude Petty and Luis Mandujano
RECON Environmental

Up to $24,999
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this project so far!!

This reflects donations, grants and pledges received.


This list will be updated on regular basis.
Thank you to all donors!

Special thanks to all who have put the Discovery Center at Grant Park in your estate plans!
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact our CEO,
Rob Hutsel, at
619-297-7380 x 108.






DISCOVERY ROCKS

Donate $500 to the Building Fund for the project and a cool engraved river rock will be placed in the River of Discovery art feature!
These make great tribute and help build the project.

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