Alpine Park site.
Alpine Park site. Image via The Alpine Sun

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday unanimously approved a 98-acre land purchase to develop a park for Alpine’s nearly 9,000 residents.

The property near South Grade Road and east of Tavern Road is owned by Wright’s Field Partnership and is valued at $1,370,000, according to the county Department of Parks and Recreation.

After closing and protection costs are added, the county will pay $1.6 million. A portion of the land will be designated as open space, according to DPR officials.

Mary Harris, representing an Alpine group that lobbied for the park, said the project was 20 years in the making and thanked the county for its efforts.

In other action, the board set a March 27 public hearing on a proposed land purchase to create more parking near Mount Woodson and Potato Chip Rock, two popular hiking destinations located off state Route 67 in Ramona.

As of now, the main route to Potato Chip Rock is used by hikers parking on the shoulders of SR-67 and neighborhood streets, which is considered a safety issue, according to the county.

The Taylor Family Trust agreed to sell 84 acres, valued at $1.7 million, of land near the hiking spot, according to the county. The board on March 27 may also vote on the land purchase.

— City News Service