Alpine Set to Flourish with New Green Dream, County's First Park Sprouts Forward

Alpine Set to Flourish with New Green Dream, County's First Park Sprouts ForwardSource: San Diego County
Kamal Jenkins
Published on December 06, 2023

Alpine is gearing up for a major eco-friendly transformation as plans solidify for the region's inaugural county-managed park. The local Board of Supervisors has given the green light, clearing the way for construction after approving essential environmental review documents. Additionally, according to the County News Center, a new four-way crossing is on the horizon, aimed at enhancing safety for pedestrians and cyclists around the future park's entrance.

The journey towards this green initiative began in 2019 when the County acquired some land from Wright’s Field Partnership, LLC. Now, the dream of the park is closer to reality. The Park's team has actively engaged the community, conducting five meetings between 2021 and 2023. The input from residents has influenced the final design, incorporating features such as nature access, playgrounds for children, mountain biking trails, and even restroom facilities.

The park's expansive design is noteworthy, allocating 25 acres for structured activities and 73 acres as a nature preserve for public enjoyment. Located along the northern stretch of South Grade Road, adjacent to the county offices, the layout is designed to mitigate noise, alleviate traffic, address potential wildlife concerns, and offer a visually pleasing vista.

The park's development unfolds in two main phases. Phase one, costing $11.4 million, commences in the northern section. This initial stage includes utilities, trails, play areas for children and pets, spaces for equestrian enthusiasts, picnic spots, a community garden, a park staff base, and sports courts. Groundbreaking is scheduled for spring 2024, with the grand opening anticipated in winter 2025.

The Alpine Community Planning Group, endorsing the project on April 6, 2021, reflects widespread community support.