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Kumeyaay Lake Campground reopens Friday

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A lot of San Diegans are happy campers Friday. A popular campground is celebrating its reopening after being closed for several years.

For the past two years, no one has been allowed to camp at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground due to budget cuts. But that all changes just in time for Father's Day weekend. Families can once again make overnight plans.

Councilman Scott Sherman was instrumental in the push to have the campgrounds reopened. His district includes the campsites and Mission Trails Regional Park. He is also chair of the Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force.

Park visitors have only been allowed day access to the 46 campsites, but have not had overnight access due to city cuts. Funds have been restored as part of the City's Fiscal Year 2014 mid-year budget update, with $140,000 allocated for staffing to reopen the campgrounds on weekends.

"When interim Mayor Todd Gloria came in and with my other council members, they all decided this is a priority, it's something we need for our kids. Then when Mayor Faulconer came with his budget, the money was there and the council helped approve it. So we're all ready to go and we're really looking forward to getting this open for the kids today," Sherman said.

The 7,000-acre campground has shoreline fishing in Kumeyaay Lake. There are more than 40 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and other outdoor activities.

Reservations for overnight camping can be made online on a first come, first serve basis for $20 per night.

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