A bonfire and marshmallow roast will celebrate the reopening of a local campground that's been closed for three years, a victim of city budget cuts.
The City of San Diego closed overnight access to the Kumeyaay Lake Campground in Mission Trails Regional Park in 2011.
Now that funds have been restored, campers will fill the spaces for overnight camping beginning Friday.
“The entire region is within just a stone’s throw of this park and when you get here in this park you don’t realize you’re in the middle of the city,” said San Diego City Councilmember Scott Sherman – District 7 who said he spent a lot of time as a child in the park catching tadpoles and crawdads.
The park 46 campsites available Friday and Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis as well as a catch-and-release lake.
“Also my wife is making some gestures to remind me that there are also some very nice bathrooms and showers,” Sherman added.
Reservations can be made online. Overnight stays are $20 a night per campsite. Parking for additional vehicles costs $4 per car. Also, pets are allowed at the campsites for an additional $3 fee.
At the event at 8 p.m. Friday, Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation staff will host a marshmallow roast and members of the Kumeyaay Nation will share traditional stories.