New Trail Will Link Santee to Lakeside

East County officials broke ground today on a new trail at the Walker Preserve that will link from Santee to Lakeside.

The $2 million project will create a 1.3-mile addition to the 52-mile San Diego River Trail that runs along the San Diego River. It should be done in the next several months.

“There are still some gaps in the trail along the way, but little by little we’re closing those gaps and today is a critical piece where we’re closing a big gap,” County Supervisor Dianne Jacob said.

Jacobs said it will be accessible for walkers, hikers, bikers and horseback riders.

“It not only adds to our quality of life in East County, but it’s critical for our recreation opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy,” Jacob said.

The Walker Preserve is 107 acres of open space with migratory birds, bobcats and coyotes.

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