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Life atop Double Peak ‘an adventure’ – The San Diego Union-Tribune

There are a handful of coveted sites in North County, where people get paid or live rent free to live at and watch over city parks, including Double Peak in San Marcos.

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San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) announcements and upcoming events for San Elijo Hills

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San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) announcements and upcoming events for San Elijo Hills:

Sidewalk Saturday in the Square

The San Elijo Hills Foundation Sidewalk Saturday in the Town Square is this Saturday, November 7th from 10am-2pm! This is your chance to meet 50+ local area businesses & get a kick-start on your holiday shopping right in the town square around the fountain area. There will be fun music, food trucks and the opportunity to connect with several of our most active community groups. Stop by and show your support of all things local at this very special community building event!

Turkey Classic Golf Tournament

Calling all golfers! Whether you are a first time golfer or seasoned pro, it’s time to register for the 13th Annual Turkey Classic Neighborhood Golf Tournament! Come join us November 28, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. for some golf, food, and drinks!

You can organize your own four-some or we can match you up with the perfect partners for a great day of golf right here at the St. Mark Executive Course in San Marcos. We’re aiming for a shotgun start this year. This means we need at least 48 players. Are you in? This is an amazing tournament, and sponsorship opportunities are available!

The San Elijo Hills Foundation (http://sanelijohillsfoundation.weebly.com/) is busy taking this long-standing community tradition to a whole new level. It’s going to be a blast! Come meet some new friends, get involved and make an impact in our community. Visit www.turkeyclassic.com for more information. Hope to see you all there!

Annual Tree Lighting Celebration

Tis the season to light up the night! Come celebrate this long standing tradition in San Elijo Hills! Join us in the Town Square on Friday, December 4th. Festivities will run from 6:00PM-8:30PM with the tree lighting at 7:00PM. Activities include:

-Santa will be here for pictures so make sure you are on his “nice” list! Don’t forget to bring your camera!

-Carolers dressed in Dickens-style attire will fill the air with classic holiday tunes.

-A Colorful Universe will have an ornament painting station for only $5.00 per ornament. Stop by to create a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home! They also make great gifts for family.

-Holiday elves will join us to show off their artistic skills with balloons.

-Cookies, cider and hot chocolate will be served to warm your belly!

-Some delicious food trucks will be serving up a variety of specialties available for purchase.

We hope that you and your family are able to make it out to this magical event ! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com. Here’s to good friends, family, and laughter during this Holiday season!

Town Square Fountain

Our beautiful fountain located in the center of the Town Square Park is a community asset which has been long enjoyed by residents.

The fountain uses recirculating water. A pump sends water from a reservoir at the base throughout the entire system. The pump continues to recycle the water as long as it is turned on.

Recently, in order to conserve water resources and to further the Association’s efforts to comply with the water reduction measures mandated by the State, the Association drained the fountain.

Unfortunately, in that time numerous incidents of children running through the empty fountain, skateboarders skating in the fountain, and children climbing on the fountain have occurred. Such activity has led the Association to reevaluate their previous decision to shut the fountain down, primarily due to public safety issues as well as the very real economic concern regarding what it may cost to restore the fountain if it were damaged during such activities. The potential safety and financial concerns heavily outweighed any minimal gains in water conservation that might be made by having it shut down.

Therefore, weighing all factors as thoroughly and objectively as possible, the Board of Directors voted in favor of having the fountain refilled and the pump turned back on for residents to again enjoy. It is expected that the fountain will be flowing again prior to the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend.

Address Numbers

Clear and visible address numbers are important when it comes to safety. Please check your address numbers and replace any faded or missing numbers. This is a safety concern, which could potentially delay first responders in an emergency response.

It also impacts the general aesthetics of the community and is part of the required maintenance per the Governing Documents.

Artificial Turf

The San Elijo Hills Community Association Board of Directors is aware that Governor Brown has signed emergency legislation (AB 349) restricting Associations from prohibiting the use of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass. Bill AB 340 does not prohibit an Association from applying landscaping rules, so long as the rules fully conform to restrictions in Civil Code 4735(a).

The Board is currently in the process of creating a proposed policy, which will be provided to the membership and formally adopted after the review and comment period in accordance with California Civil Code 1357.130.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while the Board of Directors creates a policy that incorporates the synthetic material while maintaining a certain level of aesthetics and consistency in the community.

Double Peak Park Hours

As a reminder to residents, Double Peak Park is closed at dusk and persons in the parking lot and behind the lower gate will be cited by the Sheriff. Please be courteous and refrain from entering this area after the park is closed, which often disturbs the residents nearby.

Annual Elections

Voting Day is ahead of us here in San Elijo Hills! This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 15th at 6:00PM at the San Elijo Elementary School auditorium. Homeowners are encouraged to either return their ballots by mail or drop them in the ballot box in the Visitor’s Center by the deadline listed on the notice to ensure they are counted. Neighborhood Representatives are required to attend to the meeting to ensure quorum is established and the votes from their neighborhood are counted. All homeowners are also welcome to attend the meeting. Thank you all in advance for your participation in this process for our community!

Walters Management Carlsbad Office

The Carlsbad office will be moving on December 3rd- 4th. During this move they will have limited access to emails, however phone calls will be forwarded to the San Diego Corporate office. All emergencies will be addressed immediately and nonemergency calls/emails will be addressed as soon as possible. The office will be fully operational in the new office on Monday, December 7th. Both the phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same. Our new location is 3207 Grey Hawk Court, Suite 140, Carlsbad, CA, 92010 Phone: (760) 431-2522 Toll Free: (866) 431-2522

October San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates

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Following is a list of important announcements and upcoming events from The San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA):

Oktoberfest

Prost!! ! Fall is in the air and our most popular event of the year is back! Come celebrate Oktoberfest with your neighbors on Sunday, October 18th from 3:00PM-6:00PM at the lower softball field of San Elijo Park! Expect some of your past favorites, and some new surprises!

We will be celebrating German traditions through food! Bratwurst, hot dogs, veggie dogs, potato salad, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, and apple strudel will be served. A beer garden will also be available to residents 21 and over (must bring a valid state-issued driver’s license or ID). Four drink tickets will be given per household. No outside alcohol will be permitted into the event.

A lively DJ will be playing some German music mixed in with some modern, family-fun hits that will be sure to get you on your feet and dancing!

Carnival games will be sure to entertain our young residents! We will also have face painting, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, a rock climbing wall, bounce house, obstacle course, wrecking ball ride, photo booth and much, much more!

Please remember to bring proof of residency to gain entrance into the event (i.e.: driver’s license with on-site address, utility bill, HOA statement, etc.). Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow you to enter the event without verifying residency. No guests will be permitted.

If you have any questions regarding the event or would like additional information, please feel free to contact your Community Director, Liz McCardle, at (760) 798-9015 or email sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com. Hope to see you all there!

Artificial Turf

The San Elijo Hills Community Association Board of Directors is aware that Governor Brown has signed emergency legislation (AB 349) restricting Associations from prohibiting the use of artificial turf or any other synthetic surface that resembles grass. Bill AB 340 does not prohibit an Association from applying landscaping rules, so long as the rules fully conform to restrictions in Civil Code 4735(a).

The Board is currently in the process of creating a proposed policy, which will be provided to the membership and formally adopted after the review and comment period in accordance with California Civil Code 1357.130.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while the Board of Directors creates a policy that incorporates the synthetic material while maintaining a certain level of aesthetics and consistency in the community.

Double Peak Park Hours

As a reminder to residents, Double Peak Park is closed at dusk and persons in the parking lot and behind the lower gate will be cited by the Sheriff. Please be courteous and refrain from entering this area after the park is closed, which often disturbs the residents nearby.

Address Numbers

Clear and visible address numbers are important when it comes to safety. Please check your address numbers and replace any faded or missing numbers. This is a safety concern, which could potentially delay first responders in an emergency response. It also impacts the general aesthetics of the community and is part of the required maintenance per the Governing Documents.

Yard Maintenance

Keep your yards looking their best! During the on-going drought and reduced watering times, owners must continue to maintain their yard areas by mowing, edging, weeding, trimming, and pruning.

Did you know that there are many great alternatives to grass? Why not consider gardening with sustainable landscape that benefits the environment. There are trees, shrubs, ground covers, grasses and wildflowers that are already well-adapted to the environment in our region. They will reduce the use of fertilizers, pesticides, watering and maintenance. Native and non-native species can be interspersed to add variety and color. Plant using multiple layers or mixed borders. Trees, shrubs and flowers can be planted in layers which successively shade each other, requiring less water. Plantings should be closely spaced to discourage weeds from sprouting.

Consider mulch! The first line of defense against hot weather, and against windy conditions which can dry surface soil, is to apply a liberal layer of mulch around the plants. This protects the soil from direct sun exposure, keeping it moist at the surface. Mulch also reduces evaporation of water from the soil which reduces the need for watering.

If you are interested in modifying your current design, please remember that you must submit the necessary application and plans for review and approval by the Architectural Committee. Please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 with any questions.

The City of San Marcos to host an informational meeting in San Elijo Hills

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Please note the following meeting update for August 18, 2015:

City of San Marcos Presentation (6:15 PM-7:00PM)

The City of San Marcos will be hosting an informational meeting prior to the next San Elijo Hills Community Association Board meeting to discuss the plan to correct potential issues with the trees and the sidewalks located around the Town Center. Additionally, they will be discussing concerns expressed by San Elijo Hills owners regarding noise disturbances around the Double Peak Park area after hours.

The General Session meeting of the San Elijo Hills Homeowners Association will commence immediately following the conclusion of the City’s presentation at approximately 7:00 p.m.

Please note the location change for the meeting; the meeting will be held at the San Elijo Recreation Center located at:

1105 Elfin Forest Rd
San Marcos, CA 92078

All interested homeowners are welcome to attend.

Telescope donated to Double Peak Park in memory of CSUSM professor -Sign on San Diego

BY MICHELLE BREIER, REPORTER-SD Union Tribune

Fog blocked the ocean view on a warm summer morning this week atop Double Peak Park in San Marcos, but Craig Sargent-Beach was still able to point out plenty of other distant natural landmarks. Mount Baldy peeked out from the haze 100 miles north, and Sargent-Beach, the San Marcos community services director, directed a visitor’s eyes to the San Jacinto range where tourists ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. It’s a view that Thomas Wahlund loved and one that has inspired his wife to have a telescope and mural installed atop Double Peak in his memory. READ MORE VIA SIGN ON SAN DIEGO

 

A tale of two trails: Double Peak in San Marcos pulls double duty-San Diego UT

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BY DOUG WILLIAMS-San Diego Union Tribune

Double Peak Trail in San Marcos draws mountain bikers as well as hikers.

SAN MARCOS — In literary terms, the trip up Double Peak can be told in two ways.

There is the novel, and then there is the short story.Preview

The long version makes for a nice morning or afternoon outing up Double Peak Trail — just one piece of the city of San Marcos’ extensive trail system — that ends at the 1,644-foot summit.

At 5 miles round trip, starting from Discovery Lake Park, the trail is long enough and steep enough for a good workout, but also family-friendly enough that almost all ages can do it – with a few rest stops, perhaps.

For those who live nearby, it’s a release valve.

It’s a trail Brad Freese of San Marcos says he tries to do “at least once a week.” I enjoy it,” Freese said, pausing as he headed uphill on a recent late afternoon. “It’s nice to be 10 minutes from home and essentially have the chance to get out on a trail, out in the open, without having to go out to the Cuyamacas or someplace like that. It’s very nice.”

The trail begins at Discovery Lake, where hikers – and mountain bikers – take off on a wide path that crosses a spillway bridge and then climbs steadily toward the new hillside homes of the Stone Canyon development.

Here, the way is paved and you hardly feel as if you’re headed into the wilds, but the views — looking back down on the little lake and new homes — are immediately rewarding.

After following the signs through a small section of the housing development, you’ll come out the other side onto a well-groomed dirt track. Follow the trail signs as you head higher on switchbacks cut into hills covered with such plants as manzanita, scrub oak, a few remaining wildflowers and coyote bush.

Below, built into canyons, you’ll see red-tile roofs and blue backyard pools of the new development, a contrast of colors against the dry, wild vegetation of browns and light greens.

But remember to keep your eyes on the trail. Even though you may not feel like you’re out in the wilds, critters are about. As I focused on a roadrunner up ahead on the trail, I nearly stepped on a rattlesnake. Be careful out there.

Eventually, about a half-mile from the top — as hikers pass through a gate that carries a sign warning of recent mountain lion sightings — the dirt trail intersects with a paved, two-lane road. And it’s here where the short-story version of Double Peak is unveiled. You find out you could have driven to the top.

The long story: A 2.5-mile uphill walk.

The short story: A quick drive from San Elijo Road on the other side of the mountain to Double Peak Drive to Double Peak Park. READ MORE VIA SD UT

 

Double Peak Park to open

A grand opening ceremony is planned for Double Peak Park in San Elijo Hills/San Marcos on Friday, June 19 at 4 pm. The much-anticipated park will provide access to the largest public open space area in San Marcos. The 230-acre active open space area is located off San Elijo Road and Double Peak Drive and has sweeping views of San Marcos and surrounding area, including a breathtaking look at the Pacific Ocean.

The park is largely a natural, passive park with complementary amenities including several observation areas, a natural amphitheatre, interpretive kiosks, adventure play equipment, shade structure, picnic tables, caretaker’s residence, restrooms and parking.

Trails connecting with the Ridgeline Trail and Discovery Lake are also part of the park development.

Double Peak Park is one of five new parks being added by the City. Prior to Double Peak Park, the City opened Hollandia Park in October 2008, which is one of the largest active parks in San Marcos. The 19-acre Sunset Park in the western portion of San Marcos is currently under construction and slated to open in Winter 2010.

Double Peak Park’s construction is being funded through a development agreement with San Elijo Hills Corporation. The City contributed some of the recreational amenities such as the shaded picnic area, the adventure play equipment and the interpretive kiosks.

For more information, please call (760) 744-9000.

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