Thank you for your generous support
Thank you for you helping us create a bridge for Max. Your support will ensure that we eliminate the hazardous environment and ensure the trail is safe for hikers. You can sign the online petition for the bridge here.
We have partnered with The San Diego Foundation to launch the Max Lenail Memorial Bridge Fund on Max’s 22nd birthday, March 26, 2021. The fund is now accepting tax-deductible donations, which are exclusively earmarked for the construction of the pedestrian footbridge. You can donate by clicking on the button on the top right of this page.
In addition, the Lenail Family is currently collecting names of donors and supporter for this effort. If you are interested in joining the Lenail Family effort, please fill out this Google form or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
"I applaud the action taken tonight by the Mission Trails Regional Park Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC recommended the advancement of the wishes of the Lenail family to build a pedestrian and bicycle bridge at the River Crossing, so long as that is permissible under the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Master Plan. I am excited to vote to advance this plan when MTRP Task Force takes it up later this month, and I encourage my fellow Task Force members to join me in supporting it."
— Raul Campillo, Councilmember, District 7, City of San Diego
“It is important that we make the park as safe as possible every opportunity we have. A pedestrian bridge in Max's memory is one significant way we can ensure the park is safe and accessible for all. Let's not miss an opportunity to save lives and improve a national treasure.”
— Randy Voepel, Assemblymember, California 71st District
“I commend the LeNail family for channeling the emotions of such a tragic experience into a force for positive change for our community. I truly hope that the construction of a footbridge at this crossing will prevent such tragic accidents like this from occurring again in the future. For these reasons, I am proud to support the construction of a pedestrian footbridge at the San Diego River Crossing in the memory of Max LeNail.”
— Brian W Jones, Senator, California 38th District
“I support the LeNail and Yoler Family’s efforts to advocate for a pedestrian bridge at the park. I urge the Mission Trails Regional Park Citizen’s Advisory Committee and Task Force to initiate the process of creating a pedestrian bridge at the San Diego River Crossing Trail in Max’s memory as soon as possible.”
— Scott H. Peters, Member of Congress, 52nd District
“A pedestrian bridge, as envisioned by the LeNail Family and the MTRP Master Plan, at the San Diego River Crossing Trail would be a fitting tribute to Max and help protect future guests. I urge you to move forward with the process of creating a pedestrian bridge at the San Diego River Crossing in Max LeNail’s memory with a design that is budget conscious and can be implemented quickly.”
— Brian Maienschein, Assemblymember, California 77th District
“I am inspired by the efforts of Max's family and friends to advocate and fundraise for creating a pedestrian bridge at the park. As a father and an outdoor enthusiast, I stand in full support of their effort to honor Max.”
— Nathan Fletcher, Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors
"I commend the LeNail Family for working tirelessly to advocate and fundraise for this pedestrian bridge in Max's memory. Now is the time to move the ball forward on creating a safe pedestrian crossing that has long been planned"
— Jim Madaffer, Former Councilmember, Past Chair of MTRP Task Force
“A pedestrian bridge would offer safe passage, far better access, and an improved Park experience for visitors of all experience and capacity levels. On behalf of The Escondido Creek Conservancy, I urge you to move forward with the creation of a pedestrian bridge at the San Diego River Crossing.”
— Ann Van Leer, Executive Director, Escondido Creek Conservancy
“During my tenure on the Task Force and as identified in the park’s Master Plan, the danger of the San Diego River Crossing and need for a pedestrian bridge has long been recognized. I ask that you initiate the creation of a pedestrian bridge in Max's memory at the San Diego River Crossing and consider the shortest timeline and the most cost-efficient design options for the bridge”
— Barry M Jantz, former La Mesa Councilmember, former MTRP Task Force Member