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South Bay looks to provide more outdoor options

Posted at 5:18 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 21:36:26-04

There are elaborate plans in the works to make the South Bay an outdoors destination.

On Friday, officials from a number of agencies, including the California State Coastal Conservancy, dedicated the Bayside Birding and Walking Trail, located at the southern end of San Diego Bay.

"I love the outdoors, so I think we always need more trails and stuff like that," said San Diego resident Stuart Trude.

"It's a chance for people to get outside, walk around, enjoy their environment," said Conservancy executive director Sam Schuchat.

The dedication comes a week before San Diego County is set to dedicate 22.5 miles of trails in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. They will also dedicate a deck that overlooks the Dairy Mart Pond.

"The Tijuana River Valley, I think, is one of the greatest unknown resources we have in this region," said County Supervisor Greg Cox, who added the county is working on a massive regional sports complex in the River Valley as well.

"We've got 70 acres of land that is primed and ready to go," he said.

Cox added the 24-mile Bayshore Bikeway around San Diego Bay is less than five years from completion.