When completed, a two-mile-long Class 1 bicycle path will run through the Greenway. The path will provide a key link in our County’s trail network, connecting with Sonoma Valley trails to the east, SMART and its associated trails north and south, the Prince Memorial Greenway and West County trails reaching all the way to Forestville.
NEWS AND EVENTS
A Major Success!
The Southeast Greenway Project has taken a giant step forward. At its meeting on Tuesday, July 9, the Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously to certify the Environmental Impact Report and approve the General Plan Amendment and Rezoning for the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway. The City Council approvals will allow the project to move to the next phase – appraisal of the property followed by negotiations for its purchase from Caltrans.
Following the public comment period, Mayor Tom Schwedhelm held up this accomplishment, saying, “The folks that have just been staying along with this. It’s really inspirational, not just for this community, but for other communities to look at. How did Santa Rosa figure out how to make this work? It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity”.
The total project that the Council approved encompasses 57 acres. A 47-acre Greenway will include land for open space, environmental restoration, community gardens, walking paths and a bike path that will link Farmers Lane to Spring Lake Park. The City of Santa Rosa will own and manage the area from Hoen Ave. near Montgomery High to Summerfield Rd. Spring Lake Regional Park will be expanded to include 16+ acres that stretch from the current park boundary to Summerfield Rd. Ten acres of additional land are set aside for housing and mixed-use development.
We would like to express our deep appreciation to all of the supporters who took time to show up for the July 9th City Council meeting and to all of the organizations and individuals who submitted letters of support prior to the meeting. It takes a community – and together, we did it! To learn more about how you can support the Greenway Campaign moving forward, please sign up for eNews, join our Action Alert network, and visit our Volunteer page.
Community Foundation Grants $250,000 for Greenway
Greenway Partner Sonoma Land Trust (SLT) has received a $250,000 grant from Community Foundation Sonoma County to support the acquisition of the SE Greenway. “SLT is excited to play a part in this one-time opportunity to bring nature within a short walk of many city residents,” says Wendy Eliot, SLT’s conservation director. “This grant marks a significant step toward making the Greenway vision a reality.”