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Published on Jul 1, 2011
San Diego Canyonlands (SDCL) - a local non-profit dedicated to promote, protect and restore the remaining urban canyons of San Diego - is currently shepherding an effort to protect over 10,000 acres of City-owned open space, as DEDICATED PARKLAND for future generations of San Diegans. Although many important open space areas owned by the City are currently "designated" open space for park use (by our Community Planning groups and Recreation Councils), this designation has no formal protection, and these areas can be converted to other uses, transferred, or sold by City Council. In contrast, when City land is "dedicated" as parkland, it would require the vote of the people to convert the intended use from open space parkland to anything else. Throughout 2009 and 2010, SDCL conducted a review of over 12,300 acres of City open space that have potential for dedication, and currently (July 2011) proposes 10,722 acres for dedication. We have produced information packages - including maps, birds-eye figures, and Google Earth layers - of every parcel proposed for dedication, and will begin the public vetting process with planning groups and recreation councils in August 2011. Our goal is to achieve the Dedication of ~10,000 acres by August 2012 and simulaneously ask that City Council name the canyons collectively as the "San Diego Regional Canyonlands Park", to elevate their status as an attraction, and to lock-in San Diego's canyonlands legacy for generations to come.