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Wells Fargo Bank finances City Hgts canyon, neighborhood clean-up

Auburn Creek becomes an urban dump
Auburn Creek becomes an urban dump
Courtesy of 'San Diego Canyonlands'

San Diego once had a thriving ecosystem built around its canyons and streams reaching for the Pacific Ocean. In recent years many of the stream beds have become filthy, dangerous places and the canyons have become urban dumps marred by graffiti. Neighborhoods around the canyons seem to suffer the same blight.
Wells Fargo Bank, through its UrbanLift Community Grant Program, is financing the clean up of Fox Canyon and a neighborhood revitalization in City Heights, with a grant of $163,955 to a consortium of San Diego non-profit organizations.
On Saturday, March 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Community Housing Works (CHW), San Diego Canyonlands and Wells Fargo will host a special event and community clean-up to kick-off the UrbanLIFT Community Grant program. There will be a tour, check presentation by Wells Fargo and a chance to get a glimpse of the vision for this creek area. Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) will speak about the importance of San Diego’s unique creek and canyon ecosystems and how the project will benefit the City Heights community. Youth residents from neighboring Bandar Salaam Apartments will also do a mini clean-up of the creek to prepare for the upcoming Creek-to-Bay clean-up in April. Volunteers and event attendees are encouraged to meet at the entrance of the Bandar Salaam Apartments located at 3810 Winona Avenue (92105), and to wear sun protection and sturdy shoes.
CHW will work with San Diego Canyonlands to use the $163,955 grant to support this San Diego revitalization effort. CHW will make site improvements to Bandar Salaam, a 68 unit affordable housing community in City Heights. These improvements include lighting to be installed along Winona Avenue to create a safer environment. Further, a community monument and additional landscaping will be installed at the entryway to eliminate the blight and improve curb appeal.
San Diego Canyonlands will make improvements to Fox Canyon (Auburn Creek) to make it safer and more accessible to the public. Improvements include creek restoration and stabilization in two areas, landscaping with drought tolerant native plants and trees for sustainability. This intensive work will incorporate canyon trail modification to create pleasant access through the right of way. Thorough weed and trash abatement will clean up the canyon and a mural on a graffiti-covered retaining wall will eliminate blight and create art in the most unlikely of areas.