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The Shores Property is a 5.3 acre parcel bounded by Camino del Mar, Ninth Street and Stratford Court.  It was donated to the Del Mar Union School District in 1946 by the Kerckhoff  Company and family with the stipulation that the land remain for educational and recreational purposes.  The land is currently owned and zoned by the City of Del Mar as Public Facilities (PF). 

WE NEED YOUR INPUT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE COMMUNITY WOULD LIKE TO SEE FOR THE FUTURE DEL MAR SHORES PARK.  We would like the opportunity to send or bring to you a preliminary "vision" of what an incredible community asset Del Mar Shores Park can be, based on community conversations and input. Let us know what you think by emailing us at info@delmarshores.org or call us at 858-755-6434.


Where we are now:
The property is now owned free and clear by the City of Del Mar with no loan encumberances. We anticipate that the City will begin a community planning process during 2012 or 2013, at which time, all area residents will be invited to participate to create a community vision for the park.

Who is the Campaign for Del Mar Shores?
The Campaign for Del Mar Shores is a joint effort of the Friends of Del Mar Parks and The Winston School, and is supported by both the Del Mar Foundation and the City of Del Mar. Numerous Del Mar residents and Winston School parents are volunteers for this effort.  The Campaign's mission is to preserve and protect the old Del Mar Shores School site for recreation and open space, and as a permanent home for the Winston School. Through the acquisition of the Shores, the Campaign has ensured that the property will remain open for public enjoyment. The Campaign echoes previous successful community fundraising drives to acquire the beachfront Powerhouse Park, refurbish the historic Powerhouse building and acquire and convert the historic St. James church building into a community library.


What can I do to help?

We are raising money now for the 2012 Cinema Series, for planning the permanent facilities, and the modest expenses of operating the Friends. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Your contribution will make this dream a reality. 

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Friends of Del Mar Parks
P.O. Box 562, Del Mar, CA 92014.
For appreciated assets, please call 858-755-6434. We are a certified 501c3 tax exempt non-profit California Corporation.  Our tax ID number is 26-3194220. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information about creating your legacy benefiting our community, children, and schools, call 858-755-6434, or email info@delmarshores.org.

What is the Shores' history and Kerckhoff legacy?
The Shores property along Camino Del Mar on 9th Street is indelibly linked to the history of this community and the North Coast region. It was the site of the original Del Mar train station from the late 1800s through the early 1900s when it was shifted to its present location on Coast Blvd.

The property was acquired in 1906 by the South Coast Land Company led by partners Col. Ed Fletcher, William G. Kerckhoff, Henry Keller, Charles Canfield of Standard Oil of California and Henry Huntington of Pacific Electric Railway. Kerckhoff's own company eventually took title and conveyed it to the struggling Del Mar School District in 1946 with the deed restriction that the property be used for "school purposes only" with a prohibition against commercial or residential development.

The Del Mar Shores School was built in 1947 and expanded to accommodate children in Del Mar, Del Mar Heights, Sorrento Valley and what is now Carmel Valley. This founding school of the Del Mar Unified School District (DMUSD) was the source of its renowned curriculum enriched with arts and science and for academic achievement supported by active parent involvement. By the early 1970s the student population had outgrown the Shores facility so two new schools were built further inland and the Shores was closed. After a succession of tenants, the property was leased to The Winston School in 1988.

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