The Vista Conservancy Newsletter

Spring 2018 Update


The Vista Conservancy is off to one of its best years ever. If you haven’t been on the trail recently, you are missing out on all the progress being made.


Spring Cleanup


To keep the momentum going, the Vista Conservancy will again be hosting an Earth Day cleanup on Saturday, April 21. The event will run from 8 AM until noon.This year we will be staging the activity from a new location at the end of Capri Drive and are happy to announce that we have 50 members from North Coast Church in addition to 50 volunteers from I Love A Clean San Diego, a local non-profit. We will be cleaning up debri as well as all the plant material out of the stream bed. So if you are interested in volunteering we welcome you to come on down. We’ll have the gloves and trash bags as well as water and treats to help you enjoy the morning.


A Departing Board Member


The board wants to thank Michael Carroll for his years of service to our community as a member of the Vista Conservancy board. Michael has stepped down to devote more time to his work on the Vista Planning Commision, and more importantly, to his position as scoutmaster to his two Boy Scout sons. He will remain an active member of the organization. This leaves an empty board seat, so if you are interested in getting more involved please do not hesitate to reach out to President Steve Gronke at 760.310.3808.


Monarch Buena Vista Development Update


The Monarch Buena Vista Development continues to progress. The developers have removed trees from the site in preparation for grading. That will start within the month, and will mean the area will be fenced off for at least 18 months as the condominiums are built. Again, our negotiations with Monarch and the city has them constructing a new trail along a more expansive stream bed. The board would also like to thank them for addressing our concern about the project imposing on the atmosphere of the Vista Adobe by adding additional screening along the projects western border.


The trail has never looked better thanks to our continued relationship with the city of Vista. City maintenance workers and volunteers have kept the trail clear of trash and graffiti. Also, the Vista Sheriffs have improved safety by removing transient camps along the stream.


Lastly, we have successfully removed the storage container that has been an eyesore over the last few years. The board has sold it prior to the improvements that will come with the Monarch development.


Steve Gronke, President

Summer 2017 Update


The board has been busy over the past several months and it's time for a summer update on the Vista Conservancy.


But first mark your calendars! I LOVE A CLEAN SAN DIEGO is hosting a trail cleanup on Saturday, September 16th from 9:00am to noon.  North County Lifeline in Vista will be spearheading the clean up that day. Volunteers will meet at 981 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista parking lot.  Sign up through I love a Clean San Diego & be a volunteer!


During Memorial Day Weekend the Conservancy hosted a booth at the Vista Strawberry Festival selling strawberry lemonade and popcorn.  I want to thank all the board members and their families, especially Bob Baker for not only suggesting the idea but also making it a success! He arrived at 4:30am to set up the booth. We sold over 300 cups of strawberry lemonade, handed out brochures to many interested attendees and signed up several new members. See you next year at the festival!


Our July 27th meeting held at Coldwell Banker in downtown Vista Village was quite informative. John Conley from the City of Vista reviewed the Monarch Buena Vista Development, a proposed 179 unit condominium & apartment project at 751 East Vista Way, previous site of the Sycamore Creek Mobile Home Park. We’ve held several meetings with both the city & developer regarding the proposed 2,000 foot trail extension thru the project. As a board, we are very happy with the design elements of the trail as it passes through the site.   


Thank you AGAIN North Coast Church! Your 40+ volunteers made our semiannual creek clean up a huge success! Debris from the creek & clearing of evasive vegetation filled four 400 yard roll offs! Several members also painted over graffiti. Thank you EDCO for providing the

roll offs and Operation Hope for refreshments!


The City of Vista has extended the trail from the Moonlight Amphitheater to Vale Terrace Drive with grant funds.  Now we truly can walk along a scenic trail from the Alta Vista Gardens and Moonlight Amphitheater to the Rancho Buena Vista Adobe and Wildwood Park.  We invite you to take a stroll along the creek and enjoy the canopy of oaks. Life is good!


Steve Gronke, President    760-310-3808


Board of Directors

Bob Baker

Michael Carroll

Brooks Cavanaugh

Stephanie Cavanaugh

Aaron Davila

Kimberly  Finlan

Steve Gronke

David Lowen

Jorge Vaca



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