The California Natural Resources Agency recently announced the award of $27.7 million in funding for projects that will expand access to the outdoors and boost recreational opportunities for communities across the state.
The grants are part of the the Recreational Trails and Greenways grant program funded by the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) as approved by voters in 2018.
“Increased access to our natural spaces is more important than ever. These multi-benefit projects not only enhance recreational opportunities but increase access which can improve physical and mental health,” California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot said. “We are excited to award these grants to support organizations and local governments that are committed to expanding and improving access to the outdoors.”
The projects to receive funding include:
- Paradise Recreation and Park District, $507,392, Magalia and Paradise Lake Loop and Butte County Rail Trail Project.
Contra Costa County:
- City of Richmond, $1,000,000, Point Molate Bay Trail.
- East Bay Regional Park District, $1,202,830, Bridge to Beach – Extension of the San Francisco Bay Trail at Point Molate.
El Dorado County:
- American River Conservancy, $504,550, Cosumnes River Recreational Trail System.
- The Trust for Public Land, $3,877,928, McKinleyville Community Forest.
- City of Holtville, $1,262,000, The Alamo River Trail Trestle Bridge Trail.
- National Audubon Society, Audubon California, $348,524, Kern River Preserve Trails and Trailhead Project.
- City of Pacific Grove, $381,922, Point Pinos Trail Project.
- Placer County Department of Public Works, $3,027,090, Hidden Falls Regional Park Trails and Open Space Expansion Project.
- Feather River Land Trust, $1,621,000, Sierra Valley Wetlands Public Access Project.
- Riverside County Habitat Conservation Agency, $609,233, Steele Peak Reserve Inaugural Trail.
San Bernardino County:
- City of Twentynine Palms, $901,850, Twentynine Palms Flood Control Channel Trail Development.
San Diego County:
- City of National City, $1,659,680, W. 19th Street Greenway.
- San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, $1,397,800, Osuna Segment of the Coast to Crest Trail.
San Luis Obispo County:
- County of San Luis Obispo, $3,146,800, Yerba Buena Creek Trail Segment of the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail.
Santa Cruz County:
- Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, $2,050,000, San Vicente Redwoods Public Access Trails Construction, Phase 1.
- Mount Shasta Trail Association, $1,114,906, Gateway Trail Project.
- City of Modesto, $2,968,885, TRRP Riverwalk – Gateway to Neece Dr.
- Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, $167,610, Ojai Meadows Preserve Bridge.