April 16, 2024
River Park with Snapdragon Stadium within the background. Picture by Luis Monteagudo Jr.

What higher strategy to begin a brand new yr than a brand new hike!

On this case, a brand new city climbing space that opened just lately on the Snapdragon Stadium website.

5 years after voters accredited a measure to permit San Diego State College to redevelop the outdated Qualcomm Stadium location, a park behind Snapdragon Stadium has opened for hikers, walkers and anybody searching for a spot to benefit from the open air.

The River Park had a tender opening in early December. An official grand opening is scheduled for this spring. However native households and residents have already found it and are having fun with the park.

The sprawling 34-acre park contains a kids’s playground with bogs close by, basketball courts, a health space, picnic tables, benches and grass fields that can be utilized for soccer, rugby, frisbee or simply picnics and lounging within the solar. The elevated trolley tracks present shade over the playgrounds and courts, however the grass fields haven’t any timber and no shade.

Trail sign
Signal marks the path. Picture by Luis Monteagudo Jr.

For hikers and walkers, the attraction is a 2-mile paved loop that features a part of the Ben and Nikki Clay San Diego River Path. Mileage markers are positioned each quarter mile alongside the loop. There are additionally informative indicators about Kumeyaay heritage, birds of the San Diego River and the historical past of native agriculture and household farms.

The path is multi-use so be careful for bicyclists, curler skaters and youngsters on scooters.

Along with the paved path, there are quick dust trails that go flowers and gardens. There isn’t any steep incline for any of the paths so it’s easy climbing.

Highlights: That is an city hike so there aren’t any waterfalls or dramatic vistas. However since you’re in an city space, it’s extremely straightforward to get to and to navigate.

Guests can drive to the positioning by taking Friars Highway to Snapdragon and turning south on what was once Stadium Highway and is now recognized on Google as River Park Highway. The highway runs parallel to Thrive Park at Snapdragon Stadium. The highway leads you to a parking space, with angled spots which are marked as pay-by-phone areas.

You can too take a trolley to the park. Simply take the Inexperienced line trolley to the Stadium station and the River Park is true beneath the trolley tracks.

There’s additionally the Fenton Parkway trolley cease close by however entry to the park from there was blocked final week by development fencing.

Though he was raised within the city jungles of New York, Luis likes to hike and benefit from the open air. He has hiked within the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Zion Nationwide Park and the Oregon Coast amongst many different places. You probably have any hikes you’d wish to advocate, tell us at [email protected].