Margaret Schelsinger, the City of Solana Beach’s first Mayor, has been fighting to preserve the last undeveloped coastal parcel in Southern California since 1986 and today she was there to witness the end of an almost 30 year battle. With much fan fare and excitement it was announced that the land has been saved and it will forever be the people’s park! The 3.4 acre property is located along the beautiful Coast 101 Hwy. between Solana Beach and Cardiff and has been the center of years of controversy. Now thanks to the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, community supporters, local leaders and donors this natural habitat is protected and will be an open space for community and nature! Today’s press conference announced the generous donation from the George & Betty Harbaugh Charitable Foundation and the name of the new park. Solana Center applauds all that were involved in helping to make this dream a reality and preserve a beautiful piece of land for our community of people and wildlife to enjoy!
Doug Gibson, executive director and principal scientist of San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, Solana Beach Mayor, Lesa Heebner, County Supervisor Dave Roberts, and Joe Bella with a generous check from the George and Betty Harbaugh Charitable Foundation
The ribbon cutting to present the name of the new park, Harbaugh Seaside Trails
Solana Center’s Roberta Walker and Jessica Toth with County Supervisor Dave Roberts