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Students Prepare to Spruce Up the Palomar "P"

April 22, 2014


Palomar College: Project “P” – “Powdering” the “P” Mountain in San Marcos  What:  Project “P” is an important activity for both the College and the San Marcos  community. The giant “P” (for Palomar) on the hill just north of the San Marcos campus  (behind Borden Road) is an ubiquitous landmark in the community and can be seen from  SR 78.  Nearly 60 student volunteers will make the trek up the hill to clean-up and  re-powder the “P”.  This landmark was first created in March 1952 and is cleaned up at least  once a year.  To make certain the letter is visible, volunteers will cut back any dead brush  and re-configure rocks.  In addition, they will pick up trash all the way up the hill.  This is a  vigorous hike for the students as well as the student activity coordinator who will  accompany them.


Friday, April 25
8:00 a.m.


“P” Mountain – the hill behind the Palomar College campus
Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos

The “P” mountain is located across from the back (north) end of the San Marcos campus, across Borden Road.


Student volunteers have been cleaning up the white “P” overlooking the San Marcos campus since 1952.  A popular hike in San Marcos, the students will pick up trash along the trail.


The “P” Mountain hike is a vigorous walk.  Nearly 60 student volunteers have signed up for the activity.

 Photo Opportunities:  

This is a unique photo opportunity – with nearly 60 student volunteers taking this vigorous hike up the “P” mountain.  Once at the top of the hill, students will re-configure rocks to restore the letter and re-powder the “P” using gypsum. 

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