$365K Awarded for CH Canyon Loop Trail!
$365,000 Grant Will Establish a Visionary Canyon Loop Trail in City Heights
May 10, 2012 Sacramento
Yesterday, The California Strategic Growth Council voted to award $365,000 in Prop 84 funds to San Diego Canyonlands to help restore four major canyons in City Heights and build a visionary loop trail that connects the canyons across the urban streetscape.
The City Heights Canyons Loop Trail will link 90 acres of canyon open spaces and provide a 5-mile system of nature trails weaving in and out of the built environment. As children walk to school, residents walk their dogs, and families enjoy the natural atmosphere, they will be guided by elements such as coastal sage and native trees, meandering pathways, and locally-inspired artistic signage.
Manzanita, Hollywood, Swan and 47th Street Canyons are in the heart of this diverse and densely urbanized community. Five years ago these neglected and under-utilized open spaces were literally used as dumping grounds and harbored criminal activities. A coalition called the City Heights Canyons and Communities Alliance (CCA) has emerged to rescue the canyons. The CCA has steadily organized and engaged the community, especially the youth, in taking back their canyon open spaces and transforming them into a beautiful oasis of nature for the community to enjoy.
The creation of the urban trail system will provide nature classrooms, recreational spaces, and safe walking/jogging routes throughout City Heights leading to improved mental and physical health and environment-based educational opportunities. It will provide greening of the urban environment leading to heat reduction, carbon sequestration, and increased environmental stewardship. The project will serve as a unique model for the nation, demonstrating the power of integrating nature into a densely urbanized center.
Price Charities, The San Diego Foundation and REI invested in the project in 2010 when they funded the San Diego Canyonlands GIS Mapping and Canyon Enhancement Planning Programs for City Heights. Click here for more information.
“We were so far along on the planning phases that we were eligible for this grant to build the project”, said Eric Bowlby, Executive Director of San Diego Canyonlands. “The vision of the CCA to integrate the socio-economic fabric of City Heights with its canyon open spaces is going to materialize right before our eyes over the next few years” he added with a smile.
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