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San Diego County Parks and Recreation September 2010 Newsletter

Sep. 13, 2010

Parks and Recreation September 2010 Newsletter


September 2010

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In This Issue

          Park Improvement News

          September Events

          Parks Activities

          Featured Park: Sycamore Canyon Goodan Ranch Preserve 

          A Message from SDG&E

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Dear Valued Park Patron,

September is time to get the kids back to school and out to your local San Diego County park. Your local park offers great outdoor activities for kids after school and on weekends. The Parks Department has numerous parks throughout the County to help your family relax and enjoy the outdoors throughout the year.

Don’t forget to join the Parks and Recreation Department for free Movies in the Park this month. Grab a blanket and some snacks and head to 4S Ranch Community Park or Lindo Lake Park to enjoy a free movie under the moonlight.

This month's featured park, Sycamore Canyon Goodan Ranch Preserve in Poway, is the perfect weekend destination for your family. The Preserve is a great example of the region's natural and cultural resources while respecting the pristine natural setting of the preserve's ecologies.

For up-to-date information on County of San Diego Parks and events, visit our website or join us on Facebook and Twitter

Have a great time at the Parks!

County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation

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Park Improvement News

Jess Martin Park Fitness and Recreation Areas Now Open

New fitness equipment installed at Jess Martin Park

New fitness equipment installed at Jess Martin Park

County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and the Community of Julian recently celebrated the official opening of the new fitness and recreation areas at Jess Martin Park.

The new improvements include a nine-station fitness area, community exercise path, a permanent restroom building, shade structure, picnic tables, barbeque grills, rock retaining walls and footbridges.

The park improvements were developed and implemented with the community in mind. Department of Parks and Recreation staff worked with the Jess Martin Park Advisory Committee during the design of the project.  The advisory committee gave valuable insight into how the improvements could best serve the community.

The improvements at Jess Martin Park are a great example of how parks can make life better. 

For more information on Jess Martin Park or the Department of Parks and Recreation, click here.

September Events

There is still time to enjoy the Parks and Recreation Department’s FREE Movies in the Park series. Movies are scheduled to be shown at local county parks, recreation centers and pools. The movie schedule will continue through September 18. This month's movie schedule includes box office hits “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” and “The Blind Side.” The movies are shown in a high-quality digital format on a 28-foot inflatable widescreen specially designed for large audiences. 

Families can enjoy pre-movie activities including karaoke battles, games, music and contests. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair, blanket and refreshments. For more information visit: http://www.sdmoviesinthepark.com


September Movies in the Park 

Saturday, September 11th – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”
Lindo Lake Park
12660 Lindo Lane
Lakeside, CA 92040

Movies begin at dusk

Saturday, September 18th – “The Blind Side”
4S Ranch Community Park
16118 4S Ranch Parkway
San Diego, CA 92127

Movie begins at dusk


Parks Activities

4S Ranch

4S Ranch Community Parks
16118 4S Ranch Parkway
San Diego, CA 92127

Men’s Basketball
League begins on Tuesday, September 7th

Come enjoy one of the best facilities for basketball in the County. Bring your “A” game and see how you match up against the competition. More information at

Adult Roller Hockey
League begins on Wednesday, September 14th
County of San Diego offers three skill divisions. Whether you are just learning how to play or are skating circles around the competition, we have the league for you.

Location: 4S Ranch Sports Park Roller Rink

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
12020 Black Mountain Road
San Diego, CA 92129

Living History Docents and Ranch Hands!
Saturday, September 4th @ 9:30am

A great opportunity to participate at the ranch. Please join in on our docent information meetings to find out how to become a park docent. Call Ranger Paul at (858) 484-7504 for more information.

Docent Led Tours
Saturdays @ 11:00am and Sundays @ 1:00pm

Step back in time and visit the historic Johnson-Taylor Adobe led by our Los Pe�asquitos rancho tour guides. Immerse yourself in the various cultures, peoples, and architecture that shaped San Diego.

Santa Ysabel Preserve Santa Ysabel Preserve
Farmers Rd./Julian Orchards Rd.
Julian, CA 92036

Santa Ysabel East - Guided Hike
Saturday, September 18th @ 4:00pm

Come join Docent Ed as he explains the human history of the area, which includes the Kumeyaay, and the Spanish, Mexican, and American pioneers who traveled through and settled in the valley along the old Padres trail of 1821. Meet at Farmer Staging. Easy hike, 3-4 hours.

Santa Ysabel West - Guided Hike
Monday, September 6th @ 10:00am

Join Park Attendant Melissa as she discusses the plants, animals, and history of the mountain. Meet at Staging Area. Easy/moderate hike. 1-2 hours.

Stelzer Park Stelzer Park
11470 Wildcat Canyon Road
Lakeside, CA 92040

Ninety Minute Nature Walk
Saturday, September 4th @ 8:30am

Join a ranger-led 90 minute walk along the 1 � mile Wooten Loop – Riparian Trail. An easy to moderate hike on an unpaved, yet maintained trail. You will travel along an open hillside with views of Stelzer Ridge and Wildcat Canyon and then return through the shaded oak- and sycamore-lined trail along Stelzer Creek. Please bring water and wear comfortable shoes.

Oakoasis Nature Hike
Saturday, September 11th @ 8:30am

Join a Ranger-led hike through this beautiful preserve. Travel along the 2 1/2 mile loop to see how well the plants are recovering from the 2003 wildfires. Enjoy the shade of the majestic oaks and the wonderful views. Bring water and comfortable hiking shoes. Meet at the Oakoasis parking lot.

Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch Preserve  Goodan Ranch Sycamore Canyon Preserve
16281 Sycamore Canyon Road
Poway, California 92061

Introduction to Geocaching
Saturday, September 18th @ 9:00am

Geocaching is a sort of treasure hunt, where participants use a handheld GPS device to find a hidden container that holds a log book and small trinkets. This program is aimed at guests who have never played the sport and would like to learn about it. A slideshow and discussion in the visitor center will be followed by geoaching out in the park. It is recommended that guests bring their own GPS units as the number available from staff are very limited. But you can still enjoy it without one. Rain or muddy conditions cancel. Program will meet at Visitor Center.

Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
1209 Farmer Road/Wynola Road
Julian, CA 92036

Ranger Led Talk and Hike
Sunday, September 5th @ 10:00am

Join Ranger Bobbi as she discusses the plants, animals, and history of the mountain. Meet at Hubbell Gateway. Moderate hike. 2-3 hours.

William Heise Park William Heise Park
4945 Heise Park Road
Julian, CA 92036

Sky Hunters
Saturday, September 4th @ 6:00pm

Sky Hunters will be bringing in live birds of prey for an up-close and personal experience.

Sky Hunters
Saturday, September 25th @ 5:30pm

Sky Hunters will be bringing in live birds of prey for an up-close and personal experience.  

Featured Park: Sycamore Canyon Goodan Ranch Preserve 

Sycamore Canyon consists of 2,272 acres of coastal sage scrub and chaparral-covered hills including the 325-acre Goodan Ranch, a mix of grassland, riparian, coastal sage, oak woodland and mixed chaparral.  More than 10 miles of trails lead to grand vistas, abundant wildlife and interesting reminders of the history of human use of the area.

The Preserve includes the Goodan Ranch Center which was built next to the original ranch house that was burned in the 2003 Cedar Fire. It houses a multipurpose demonstration room, exhibit room, staff office, and support spaces. This project is designed for low site impact and high energy efficiency (LEED certified). Goodan Ranch is jointly owned by San Diego County, the Cities of Poway and Santee, and the CA State Fish & Game Department. The project’s focus is to stress the value of the region's natural and cultural resources while respecting the pristine natural setting of the preserve's ecologies. A seasonal creek bed lies within the site.  Other site features include an outdoor amphitheater, a horse trough and hitching post. Programs and hikes are offered year-round.

A Message from SDG&E

SDG&E LogoUnderstanding you summer energy bills

When hot weather arrives, your energy bills may increase, especially if you use air conditioning. Understanding seasonal changes in your energy bills can help you manage your energy use to keep bills down. Here are three basics to keep in mind.

1. Summer baseline allowances apply from May 1 to Oct. 31. Every six months, your baseline allowances for both natural gas and electricity switch between winter and summer levels. These daily allowances provide you with certain numbers of therms and kilowatt-hours for basic needs at the lowest, or baseline, rates. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) sets baseline allowances according to the season, your climate zone, the number of days in the billing period and other factors.

2. The more electricity you use, the higher your tiered electric rates go. The CPUC established a tiered rate system for electricity in 2001. Your baseline allowance for electricity is tier one of SDG&E’s four rate tiers, and corresponds to the lowest rate per kilowatt-hour. When you use more than the baseline allowance, your electric rates go up progressively. You’ll see the greatest increase in how much you pay in tiers three and four.

3. Total standard electric rates are slightly higher for summer than winter in tiers two, three and four. Your tier one (baseline) electric rate is the same all year round, but the summer rate is slightly higher than the winter rate for each succeeding tier.

To see how much of a difference increased energy use can make in your bill, visit sdge.com/rates, click on “Understanding your baseline allowance for electricity,” and try the baseline calculator.

NOTE: This article is used with the permission of San Diego Gas & Electric.

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