This week our Board committed $3 million as matching funds for a $5 million federal grant that could (if awarded) build 5 miles of the Coastal Rail Trail from Wilder Ranch State Park to Coast Dairies. The grant is a long-shot, but our commitment of matching funds makes it much more competitive. And, if awarded, it would mean that, along with already funded segments in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, that a quarter of the 32-mile trail would be completed in a few years.
This is an example of what the Land Trust’s commitment to the Coastal Rail Trail means: we will provide matching funds that will help the Regional Transportation Commission (and other local jurisdictions) secure grants to get this trail built. Last year our Board committed $260,000 to match a $1 million grant to build the first segment of the trail from Watsonville to Lee Road.
These are the first of many steps that will lead to the completion of the 32-mile bike and pedestrian trail along with rail line. A journey or 1,000 miles, or 32 miles, begins with one step and, for us, these are the first few steps.