In recent weeks, a number of news stories have been published that highlight some of Del Mar’s newest initiatives. Other stories been printed that showcase one of Del Mar’s standout restaurants and the 136-year-old San Diego County Fair, which boasts a novel theme this year. Five of these intriguing stories are listed below:
1. The River Path Del Mar offers quite a view
During the Lagoon Day celebration on May 21, attendees celebrated the completion of the River Path Del Mar extension with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live music. According to the Seaside Courier, more than 200 people took to the trail to enjoy impressive views of the San Dieguito Lagoon, river and estuary. Per the article, the River Path is a joint initiative for the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, the County of San Diego and the City of Del Mar.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the River Path Del Mar extension is seated at the coastal trailhead for the 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail from Del Mar to Volcan Mountain. The article stated that the trail’s next phase will connect the Grand Avenue Pier to the Crest Canyon trailhead.
2. Del Mar joins Live Well
On April 18, the City of Del Mar adopted a resolution to become an official partner in San Diego County’s Live Well initiative. According to the Del Mar Times, the 10-year comprehensive plan aims to improve the health, safety and well-being of San Diego residents. Del Mar’s climate action plan, weekly farmer’s market, pedestrian friendly environment and ban on single-use plastic bags were all acknowledged as commitments to improve the community that fall in line with the Live Well San Diego initiative. Moreover, May 2 was declared “The City of Del Mar Live Well San Diego Day.”
3. Construction on the new Del Mar civic center will soon be underway
Del Mar’s new civic center is moving into its first stage, which means that the city hall must be relocated so that demolition can take place. Del Mar’s existing city hall is scheduled to be demolished in June and July. The Del Mar Times reported that the city hall will be relocated to Southfair while the new building is under construction, which is expected to take 18-24 months.
4. Del Mar holds one of America’s best al fresco restaurants
After pouring over 5 million restaurant reviews, OpenTable compiled a list of the “100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America,” and one of them has been serving splendid meals in Del Mar for more than 33 years. According to an article by Maggie Avants, Poseidon Del Mar was one of seven restaurants in San Diego and 44 in California to earn a place in the top 100.
5. The San Diego County Fair's grand opening is right around the corner
The 2016 San Diego County Fair’s much anticipated grand opening will be at 4:00 p.m. on June 3 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This year’s theme is “Mad About the Fair” and centers on the classic children’s story “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. Per the San Diego County Fair website, there will be a “grand scale tea party” in addition to attractions, exhibits, rides and games. The fair will also host a variety of festivals, a car show and concerts by Hailee Steinfeld and Luis Coronel.
The San Diego County Fair has a rather long history. County farmers organized the first agricultural fair back in 1880. Per the fair's website, more than 50 years passed before the annual event was moved to Del Mar in 1936. Apart from its suspension during WWII, the San Diego County Fair has been held every year since 1946.