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HISTORY of HARBAUGH SEASIDE TRAILS
Story Poles Show How Open Space and Ocean Views Would Have Been Lost to Development. Archive NC Times 2004 by Bill Wechter
TOGETHER, WE SAVED THESE VIEWS
We Saved a Place for You
We Saved a Place for You highlights community efforts in The Campaign for Gateway Park during the Conservancy's 25th Anniversary.
In December 2011, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy purchased the property for $3.75 million. Fourteen local champions stepped forward to loan the Conservancy the funds to acquire the property. Support poured in, over 1,200 supporters donated to the fundraising campaign – a testament to community resolve and generosity. In January 2015 the land was saved and renamed Harbaugh Seaside Trails. Its new name honors The George & Betty Harbaugh Charitable Foundation's gift of $1.15 million, which secured the property.
Why We Saved Harbaugh Seaside Trails
A Place to Appreciate
Your Gift to the Future
A Buffer for Wetlands
Bird watching is exceptional from the elevated vantage point of the park. This is habitat for native plants and animals, including Cassin’s Kingbird, Bewick’s Wren, and Cooper’s Hawk.
Ridgway's Rail (photo: C. Mayne)
The Gateway to Conservation
Located across the highway from Cardiff State Beach, the 3.44-acre site has long been sought after by real estate developers and potential property owners. Repeatedly over recent years, the property was visually distinguished by numerous story poles (see photo at right) jutting up from the property, representing the prospect of commercial development on the hotly debated parcel.
Residents from cities surrounding the lagoon long felt this landmark property worthy of remaining open space. San Diego County’s approval of The Inn Suites project in 1986 was the impetus for Solana Beach residents to vote for cityhood.
Special places, like San Elijo Lagoon, stay protected through vital community support. Thank you for joining us to connect communities, and to protect nature.