San Diego County, Calif., supervisors Wednesday (Jan. 30) unanimously approved a new campground in the Tijuana River Valley and an upgrade for a Rancho San Diego park., according to the Times of San Diego

The campground to be located about one mile south of the Tijuana River, “will provide opportunities for healthy, outdoor physical activity and exploration of the adjacent trail system with access to the beach nearby,” according to a staff report.

Along with a campground, there are plans to build Nature Education Activity Center.

According to the county, the first construction phrase will cost $6.3 million. If a $2 million state Coastal Conservancy grant is awarded in March, $8.3 million will be available for the project. Phase 1 of construction will start this fall and finish in spring 2020, county officials said.

A recent study found a strong demand for camping along the coast, but those areas tend to be very crowded, Cox said. Having camping in the river valley will allow people a low-cost opportunity, he added.

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