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San Diego’s Open Space Canyon Program and Parks

P1030353San Diego is home to over 340 parks found in our neighborhoods and near our beaches and throughout our inland areas. Here is a map of the traditional parks in San Diego – discover one close to you that you haven’t found yet! This interactive map seems to open best in Internet Explorer (and hey, that’s a lot of green dots.)

And here is a great map that falls under the jurisdiction of the COUNTY of San Diego and its parks – different from the city’s parks.

But beyond that, San Diego is very well known for a canyon around just about every corner. San Diego has the “Open Space Canyon Program” which support the undeveloped natural open spaces of our canyons for citizens to explore and enjoy. The city supports the various “Friends of Canyons” groups throughout the area that are made up of community members who are deeply devoted to the preservation of these canyons.

My favorite canyon open space area is right behind my house: Rose Canyon. Although I am not an official “Friends of Rose Canyon” member, I support that group for all the work they do in Rose Canyon to keep is fresh, clean, presentable and walkable. Rose Canyon is one of the greatest things going, just a few feet from my house. Completely unfenced, I can walk from my front door to an area that is a panoramic vista point of the whole canyon, then walk down an easy-to-navigate hill into the canyon itself. There, I have seen a family of skunks with the mother skunk in front and all her babies waddling behind her — single file. I have seen all kinds of unique birds, animals, critters and almost nothing foreign that doesn’t belong down there. It’s here where the coyotes live that I see walking behind my parked car once or twice a year. But hey, it’s OK — they came first (my house was built in 1976, when most of the surrounding properties were building on the southern edge of Rose Canyon).

A map of Rose Canyon is here. Park on Arriba Street just east of Camino Tranquilo, then get out of your car and walk straight south through a small green grass area, into an area that expands into a great field of wood chips. Keep going. You’ll see the canyon immediately in front of you. From the panoramic vista point, head left or right to go down the hill and head into the canyon to walk. I never walk alone anywhere, so bring a friend and some water and yield to nature which calls this area home. Camino Tranquilo is not shown on the map I included, but it’s on every city map and it is very close to the starting corner labeled Arriba Street. Once you see the green grass area, you’re where you want to start walking.

What’s the closest canyon to your house? Have you explored it? Here is a map of all canyons, and here is a little more information on the San Diego Open Space Canyon Program.

As always, Blend Real Estate is here to help you find or sell a home near any park or canyon. We work for you. How can we help?

Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner

Blend Real Estate

(858) 452-2599

P.S. Today’s post photo was taken on a very cold and dark Fourth of July evening 2013 at a small park up above the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, where you can park for free and throw a blanket down to watch the fireworks over La Jolla Cove.

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