Ken Leighton 12:30 p.m., Oct. 21
County funds new access point to Otay Valley Regional Park
Local officials including County Supervisor Greg Cox and interim Mayor Todd Gloria gathered in Chula Vista over the weekend for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new publicly-funded parking lot sited on private property that will allow locals greater access to the Otay Valley Regional Park trail system.
Under an agreement with the San Diego Swiss Club, which operates the private Swiss Park nearby that is offered on a rental basis for parties and weddings (and already boasts “free parking for 150 cars” on the group’s website), County funds paid for the installation of an auxiliary lot with 9 regular parking spaces, a handicapped space, and a bike rack. The Swiss Club, in addition to providing the land, has agreed to maintain the facility.
Public access to the 8500-acre Otay park from the new lot is via the ¼-mile Swiss Trail, which connects to county-maintained trail loops throughout the park.