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Arboretum upgrades include better trails, groundwater well


Last updated 7/19/2019 at 3am

The Edwin and Frances Hunter Arboretum at Palomar College is undergoing upgrades with a network of trails taking shape, buttressed by natural rock retaining walls.

SAN MARCOS – A haven for nature lovers since its founding in 1970, the Edwin and Frances Hunter Arboretum has existed as a loose patchwork of hiking trails, irrigated with imported domestic water.

When the arboretum reopens this fall after six months of renovations, it will feature Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant pathways and a new groundwater well pumping out up to 40 gallons per minute and reducing the college's overall demand for imported water by as much as one-third every year.

The arboretum is named for north county business leaders Edwin and Frances Hunter, who were long...

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