City Council to consider $500K plan for Mission Trails Regional Park Equestrian Center

SAN DIEGO - A plan to build a 5,000-square-foot administration building at the Mission Trails Regional Park Equestrian Center is scheduled to be considered Tuesday by the San Diego City Council.

The council will consider spending $500,000 for final planning for the structure that would house park ranger offices, a kitchen, showers, conference room and storage space. A shade structure is planned for the exterior.

The building is the final phase of an improvement project that has included parking, a picnic area and restrooms.

The equestrian area is located on the east side of Fortuna Mountain in the 5,800-acre park, near Mast Boulevard and state Route 52. It includes four 12- by 12-foot horse corrals for public use, trails and room for 47 cars and 15 vehicles with horse trailers.

Councilman Scott Sherman, who represents the area, said the project is needed because the Visitors Center -- on the opposite side of the park -- has reached capacity.

"The equestrian center is getting used more and more," Sherman said at a recent committee hearing. "You go by there on a weekend and the parking lots are packed and people are all over the place -- and there's no shade and no real facilities, per se, for the people out there."

The estimated time of completion has not been determined.

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