Neighbors help repair Rancho Penasquitos trails

Posted at 5:36 PM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 08:10:27-04

SAN DIEGO -- Neighbors came together to repair hiking trails in Rancho Penasquitos after El Nino rains had washed gravel off the trails in recent months.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve holds a special place in Dvora Dawson's heart.

"It's nice and peaceful. you can get out and you feel like you're out in suburbia," she said.

It's a place where Dawson honors her mother who passed away four years ago.

"When she passed away, she wanted us to visit the oak trees. So, we come down every year and we read a poem," said Dawson.

But, over recent months, El Nino storms washed gravel from the trails. So, neighbors took it upon themselves to put the gravel back where it belongs.

"We're shoveling up the gravel and trying to put it back on the trail," she Dawson's daughter.

San Diego City Councilman Chris Cate helped organize the event. The city posted a message to Nextdoor encouraging families to help. A couple of dozen people did.

"Partnering with folks from the neighborhood is really encouraging, a fun activity to do on weekend to make sure folks can enjoy these great activities and great joys we have in the city," said Cate.

"It's nice that people want to preserve it," said Dawson. "It's nice that people want it to stay in tact."

Walkers, runners and cyclists agree. Several people thanked the volunteers as they passed by.