Groundbreaking ceremony for the Edwin & Frances Hunter Arboretum trails improvement project.


Friday, March 15, 2019

2:00 p.m.


Palomar College

1140 W. Mission Road

San Marcos, CA 92069

Event Details:

Palomar College will break ground on a long-awaited project to improve the Edwin & Frances Hunter Arboretum, a public nature preserve on the eastern edge of the San Marcos campus. Funded by Prop. M, the improvements will include a new entrance, irrigation upgrades and renovation, and trails conversion for ADA compliance in the lower portion of the arboretum, which includes the Palm and Bamboo collections, the Hubble Sculpture area, and all the primitive plant collections.

The nine-acre arboretum was founded in 1973, and in 2015 was renamed for Edwin and Frances Hunter with the establishment of a $500,000 endowment, donated to the Palomar College Foundation by Hunter Industries and the Hunter family. The Hunters were long-time Palomar College benefactors and are well-known business leaders in North County. The arboretum is ordinarily open to the public, but will be closed for the duration of the improvement project.

The groundbreaking ceremony will conclude with photo opportunities with Palomar College administrators and distinguished guest speakers as well as VIP attendees. Tours and refreshments will follow the ceremony.

Directions and parking:

The ceremony will be held in Parking Lot 5. From Mission Road, turn north onto Comet Circle. Follow Comet Circle to Parking Lot 5. Parking will be available without a permit in Lot 5 during the hours of the event.

Event information:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152

Dianna Trujillo-Hernandez, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2956

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Media Contacts:

Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152

Tom Pfingsten, Communications, 760-744-1150, ext. 2960