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Campaign for the River Center at Grant Park


"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 permanent home for the river where people can 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.

When we complete Phase 2, we can start providing 10,000 students a year with hands-on nature learning experiences. We can foster a strong nature connection and inspire a new relationship with our amazing San Diego River.

We invite you to join with us to make this possible.

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 2

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

Rendering of the Den area


Groups are Needed
We are signing up groups for planting and other activities. Please reach out to Shane, our Community Engagement Manager, to learn more

Contact Shane by email or call 619-297-7380


Commemorative Pavers Update: The first set of pavers have been installed! We will soon order the next round. There is time to get your order in with a donation of $200 (see below). The next round of pavers will be installed in August


PHASE 2 - Construction

The Campaign is working to raise the funds needed for Phase 2. Thanks to a very generous grant from the Conrad Prebys Foundation, permits for this phase are ready to be issued. Our goal is to raise at least $2M for Phase 2 so we can start construction in September 2023. We are reviewing construction bids to finalize our fundraising goal. It is tentatively set at $5,800,000.


Tours of the site

Tours can also be arranged. We can also organize a private tour for groups of 10 or more. Please contact Pat Rice at 619-297-7380 or by email to schedule your tour!

Rendering of park area

Since the dream of this project was made more than a decade ago, we've imagined having a center to grow our education programs and connect more people with nature. Thanks to the Grant Family who made it all possible with their incredible gift of the 17 acre property which is home for this project.


$200 - Engraved Commemorative Paver

Example of Paver

Your donation of $200 will secure you a wonderful 4 inch by 8 inch paver to be installed along the entry path. There are two options: engrave 3 lines of text with 20 characters on each line (including spaces) OR engrave 3 lines of text with 14 characters and art (bobcat paw, eagle, trout, oak tree, or frog. Make your donation online and we will contact you for the engraving details or use our mail in form.

Mail In Form (PDF)

$500 or $1000- Commemorative Engraved River Rock

Your river rock will be highly visible along the Education Experience Seating Area

River Rocks are $500. We have space for a few larger rocks at $1000.

Rendering of entry wall

3 lines of text with 20 characters or spaces per line. Increase your donation to $1000 for a larger river rock. A few large rocks at prominent locations at one of the entrances are also available for a $2000 donation. These will be installed when the stage is built in Phase 2.
We will contact you to confirm your donation or use the mail in form.

Mail In Form (PDF)

River Society

Donations of $5000 or more can be pledged over up to 5 years

$5000- River Club

Join the River Society and be recognized on a permanent dedication sign to be placed on the Den Building. With the completion of Phase 1 we will install a temporary sign at the construction entrance.

$10,000 - Park Partners

Park Partners receive the same benefits at the River Club. Your generous gift will be more prominently placed on the sign.

$25,000 - Founder's Circle

As a member of the Founder's Circle you will get a special opportunity to join a tour of the project with the project architect and be invited to a special VIP reception before the project opening.

Mail in Form (PDF) for Donations or Pledges of $5000 or more



Mail check to:
The San Diego River Park Foundation

4891 Pacific Highway, Suite 114

San Diego, CA 92110

memo: 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. You can also let us know if you prefer to remain anonymous.

Unique Donation Opportunities Start at $10,000!

Are you looking for something special?

Perhaps you would like to dedicate something for someone special or to recognize your organization or business. Current unique opportunities range from $10,000 to $1.4M.


There is even an opportunity to name the first building, the Den, as well as the Acoustic Shell.

Want to Learn More?
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  

Learn More


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Latest News

9/28 City of San Diego Issues Building Permit

8/1 State Awards $2.5M for Phase 2

5/8 $4.68M Fundraising Goal met for Phase 1