The idea for River Days came from a discussion at a San Diego River Coalition meeting in 2002. Glenn Torbett, who at that time was active with the Friends of Ruffin Canyon and the local chapter of the Sierra Club, suggested having a day where the groups of the Coalition would all hold events. It would be a day where all the groups would feel part of something larger.
From that idea, River Days has grown to two full weekends of activities. The San Diego River Park Foundation, as a group with a river-long focus, took the lead in organizing this event. We have been very fortunate to have the support of several sponsors and local officials. As you can imagine 30+ activities takes a lot of coordination!
Even though it has grown, it remains very much the same. River Days is a chance to join numerous organizations in doing what they love to do along the San Diego River. Everyone is welcome to join these events. In fact, you will find the hosts to be very open to you.
There is a range of activities. There are hikes in the mountains, bike rides along the river, tours of the first mission in California and clean-ups. Clean-ups are a terrific way for you to join the efforts to improve the San Diego River and to work toward the creation of a river-long park system. You will also find a few unexpected opportunities like the open houses and tours of preserves and gardens.
We have big plans for River Days. If you are interested in helping grow this celebration, please contact Tess at the San Diego River Park Foundation at (619) 297-7380. We hope to see you on the River!
PS: Events are free, unless noted, and family friendly. This is in keeping with our vision of the San Diego River Park being something treasured and cared for by the community.