Community service

Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council: MTRP continues community service

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) was founded by Jean Hatton, Dorothy Leonard and Michael R. Pent in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to preserve, enhance, develop and maintain the park and to promote public appreciation and understanding of the 8,000 acres that make up the park.

In 1991, the City of San Diego and the MTRP Foundation entered into an agreement regarding their relationship, which included approval of the foundation’s annual work program. Regular activities of the MTRP Foundation reflected in the work program include soliciting funds (private donations, grants), publicizing the park, maintaining a gift shop, sponsoring programs such as the annual park tree, hiring and retaining MTRP Foundation staff, purchasing supplies and equipment. for use by the foundation and the city, funding exhibits, films, building projects, and coordinating activities with city staff.

The city’s first joint venture with the MTRP Foundation was the construction of the Visitor and Interpretation Center, which opened in 1995. The MTRP Foundation secured millions in funding for the project, more than half of what was needed. The resulting design, with its slender architecture, breathtaking views and spacious amenities, now serves as an ambassador and gateway to the park. Each year, more than 10,000 San Diego County school children begin their exploration of the park from the Visitor Center and these trips to the MTRP have become a much-anticipated rite of passage for many area elementary students.

In February 2020, members of the MTRP community gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new 5,000 square foot Ranger Station in the East Fortuna staging area. A major entry into the Fortuna area of ​​the park, the completion of this long-awaited facility was funded by the City of San Diego and the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. This significant investment in the park provides rangers with improved resources and a state-of-the-art facility to better protect the park and engage with park visitors.

Learn more about the park, the foundation, the activities it supports and how you can join the work of this important resource at

Our next public meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Another notice with the Zoom link will be emailed to our mailing list.

Following reports from our public representatives, this meeting will include a presentation by Professor Eric Frost of San Diego State University regarding the Alvarado Creek watershed and what needs to be done to relieve flooding during heavy rains. Professor Frost currently works along the US-Mexico border in both countries to help address issues related to natural resources, environmental challenges, educational challenges and preparing students to respond to disasters and the challenges of human origin in both countries. He worked on solutions for the Adobe Falls portion of Alvarado Creek for about a decade, mostly as a resident of Del Cerro. His motivation is not as a researcher for the University but as a member of the community. He works on these issues in the context of complex laws surrounding the flow of water to help the city solve the problems. Your presence at the public meeting will support this work.

The next Friends of Navajo Canyon event will take place on Saturday, March 19.

Every third Saturday of the month, the Friends participate in the removal of litter and invasive plants. Restoring and preserving this important ecological resource is a demanding community responsibility. Learn more about this meeting and sign up to join this work at by first clicking Community Projects and then Friends of Navajo Canyon.

Join our board of directors and share your ideas and energy with your neighbors. Join our mailing list by using the “Contact Us” page on to give us your email address, contribute your ideas for community council tasks, and offer to join the board for work on these issues. There are so many things we can do together.

—Shain Haug, is president of the AGGCC

(Photo courtesy of Mission Trails Regional Park)