Raised in Campaign: $3,950,000
This project now has funding committed for 40% of its 32-mile length, including $5.8M in Land Trust funds. There is full design and construction funding from the Santa Cruz Wharf to Panther Beach on the North Coast and the trails are expected to be open next year!
We also have design and engineering funds for the last two miles from Panther Beach to Davenport and from the wharf to 17th Avenue. With the approval of $85M in Measure D, we could have most of the Rail Trail built in ten years.
The Coastal Rail Trail is a 32-mile paved bike and pedestrian path along the rail line from Davenport to Watsonville. Think of it as a road without cars, 8-foot paved with 2-foot unpaved buffer trails on either side. It will link to another 18 miles of unpaved trails.
The Coastal Rail Trail will provide a safe (no cars), easy (no hills), beautiful (lots of ocean views) for people of all ages to get around our county. The trail will run within a mile of 45 schools, 92 parks, and half the county’s population. It will be used by locals and visitors alike – and reduce automobile use, congestion, and air pollution, while providing a safe, healthy way to get to schools, businesses, and parks.
The estimated cost of the trail is $126 million, which is roughly the same amount spent every year on transportation by governments in the county. Funds will come from state and federal grants, local taxes, and private donations.
Land Trust Role
The Land Trust is raising funds to match government grants – thus helping get the trail built ASAP. We have already committed $3.4 million to match grants building the first segment in Watsonville and 6 miles of the trail along the North Coast. We have pledged additional funds to match future grants, including a pending grant to build the first segments in Twin Lakes.
A quarter of the 32-mile trail has already been funded. The first three segments – in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and along the North Coast – are being designed now and are expected to be completed by 2018. Our goal is to have most of the trail built within ten years.
10% of donations will go to support core Land Trust Stewardship and Operations.