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Campaign for the River Center at Grant Park

Creating a home for nature connections
EXCITING NEWS: Your Donation Will Now Be Matched By Toyota of El Cajon until 3/31!

Students releasing trout

"Programs  like yours
are the only way my students
get to nature"


More than 15,000 students

have participated in

our nature education



There are 70,000+ students
at schools

within 15 minutes

of this site in Mission Valley


With your support

we will open this

center and expand
our capacity to

reach 10,000 annually!

A Dream Taking Shape For Our San Diego River

Imagine a place in the heart of Mission Valley where kids can go to receive hands-on nature learning experiences - forging a strong connection with the river and its wildlife. Imagine a place for people to go to learn about this natural, cultural and recreational treasure. Imagine a place which fosters nature connections to last a lifetime.


This is the vision of the River Center at Grant Park.

Exciting News: Toyota of El Cajon will match your donation!

Birdseye view of Grant Park



Meet our donors

coming soon!

Other Donation Methods

By Mail: send a check to:
The San Diego River Park Foundation
4891 Pacific Highway, Suite 114; San Diego, CA 92110
Memo: River Center Phase 1

Credit card by telephone: call 619-297-7380 M - F 8:30 - 1:30PM

Other: Gifts of stock, IRA distributions, and wire transfers are all appreciated!
Contact us to let us know what works best for you and to make arrangements.

All donors will be invited to a tour and future events.

Special Opportunites are available for donation of $200 or more DETAILS

Campaign Update

Now for every dollar you donate Toyota of El Cajon will make an equal donation up to $30,000

3/25 7:30AM Update:

Less than $ 8068 left to raise to secure $30,000 Toyota of El Cajon match!

Donations must be received by March 31, 2023.


Since the inception of the dream more than a decade ago, we've imagined having a center to grow our education programs and connect more people with nature.

And now, thanks to many generous donors, more than $4.6M has been raised for the design, permitting and construction of Phase 1.


Like many projects, delays and significant cost increases have caused us to increase the budget for this phase to $4,680,000.


We are racing to complete Phase 1. When the funds are raised we can install irrigation, plant trees and other plants, and add other final touches to finish Phase 1. Then we will turn our attention to Phase 2 which will see the construction of the first building and park enhancements. For now, it is essential we concentrate on raising the funds needed and complete Phase 1 construction. We are so close!


Donation amounts of all amounts are appreciated and needed. If you are in a position to donate $200 or more, we have created some special and limited opportunities.  


With a donation of:


$200 - An engraved 4 inch by 8 inch paver will be installed along the entry path as part of Phase 1.

Mail in Form (PDF)

$500 or more - We will install an engraved river rock on the entry wall at the Conrad Prebys Stage. For a larger rock, donate $1000. We have a few larger rocks at prominent places available for a $2000 donation. These will be installed as part of Phase 2.

Mail in Form (PDF)

$5000 or more - your donation will be recognized on a sign at the park entrance. We will install a temporary sign during Phase 1 and then a permanent sign in Phase 2


Unique Phase 1 Opportunities:

$10,000 Large boulder with bronze plaque at entry steps - 1 available

$10,000 Bench with plaque at entry steps - 1 available



Mail check to:
The San Diego River Park Foundation

4891 Pacific Highway, Suite 114

San Diego, CA 92110

memo: Phase 1 River Center at Grant Park

Call: 619-297-7380 to donate over the phone and for additional information.

*We will contact you to confirm how you would like your donation recognized.

Other Opportunities

We have created unique naming opportunities as part of this fundraising campaign. If you are interested in learning more and discussing your philanthropic goals, please contact Pat Rice by email or call 619-297-7380.


Site Park Plan

A special thanks to our PRESIDENT'S CIRCLE donors:

Vantile Company, LLC Conrad Prebys Foundation
Alta Company, LLC Tom and Cookie Sudberry
Philip Pryde Quarry Falls, LLC
An anonymous gift  


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