La Bajada entrance to receive new look


By Karen Billing

The Rancho Santa Fe Association’s Committee on the Natural Environment (CONE) has been busy at work in the last few months and one of its goals is to enhance the community landscape. The committee has taken aim at the La Bajada entry area, the first look at Rancho Santa Fe when people are coming in from Encinitas. A new landscaping plan for the area was approved at the Nov. 15 board meeting.

The work will be completed where South Rancho Santa Fe flows into La Bajada and El Mirlo. According to Arnold Keene, field operations manager, the landscape plan mimics the look seen in the village parks in front of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. There will be similar color pallet, drought resistant plants, oak trees and flowers compatible with the lagoon area nearby.

RSF Association President Roxana Foxx said the similar style landscaping in the parks has been well received and they are lucky to have a designer like Keene on board. She said the look has a great “heavy country feel” and doesn’t feel overly landscaped.

The plan also includes softening the fencing and walls, and creating a buffer between the street and a nearby trail. There are currently two Rancho Santa Fe signage rocks at the intersection and the white lettering is in the process of being re-painted, Keene said.