We invite all of Santa Cruz to celebrate the completion of the first segment of the Coastal Rail Trail — the San Lorenzo River Parkway Phase III/Trestle Trail Project — on Wednesday, May 22, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at the west base of the San Lorenzo River Railroad Trestle Bridge.
The Trestle Trail Project replaces the existing 4-foot wide walkway on the San Lorenzo River Railroad Trestle Bridge with a new multi-use trail that is 10 feet wide. It will make walking and biking safer and easier between the Boardwalk and the Seabright neighborhood and the Riverwalk and downtown.
The event also celebrates National Public Works Week and the great work of City engineers and Cushman Contracting Corporation who will have the Trestle Trail Project completed ahead of schedule—at daybreak this Friday, May 17.
The Coastal Rail Trail includes many projects that, together, will provide a 32-mile long separated bicycle/pedestrian path along the coast and is a part of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission’s Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan.
The groundbreaking for this project last January hosted over 300 attendees. The ribbon-cutting will again include City and County officials and community members who helped to achieve the Coastal Rail Trail project over many years.
Scheduled speakers are Mayor Martine Watkins, Santa Cruz County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty, former Secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency John Laird, Land Trust of Santa Cruz County Executive Director Stephen Slade, Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission Chair Ed Bottorff, and Bruce Sawhill, Friends of the Rail and Trail former chair and founding member.
Ecology Action has planned a brief parade featuring Bike Ambassadors in salute of the project completion and May is Bike Month.
Attendees may park free of charge at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk River Parking Lot but need to mention “ribbon-cutting” at the Beach and 3rd streets entrance gate. Free bicycle valet parking is hosted by Bike Santa Cruz County.
The Trestle Trail Project is being constructed with a savings of over $4 million compared to the conceptual Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Master Plan developed in 2013. It supports the City’s Go Santa Cruz initiative and Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions.
For more information, please visit www.cityofsantacruz.com.