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Monthly Archives: November 2012
Our midtown neighbors recieved great river restoration and bike trail news!
Dear Friends of the River Banks,
Now the news can be told. We are excited to announce that we have received a $1.5 million Prop 84 grant for Sutter’s Landing Park!! FORB, in partnership with Friends of Sutter’s Landing (FOSL) and the City of Sacramento, worked to get the money for habitat restoration along the river, extending the bike path (which will eventually go to CSU), and creating an aesthetic gateway to the river near the parking lot. A restroom will also be added to the built area above the river.
We got this grant thanks to all of you–your caring and enthusiasm for this stretch of the American River made the selection committee take note of our treasure here.
FORB is committed to protecting the riparian habitat at Sutter’s Landing, and enhancing and increasing it wherever possible. We will continue to work with the City to ensure that the natural values are a priority for any improvements done to the area.
There will be many volunteer opportunities to participate in the restoration work under the grant. FORB plans to take the lead on this and we’ll keep you posted as we develop the volunteer program.
You are invited to the press conference and celebration on Wednesday, November 28, at 10 am at the Cal EPA Building, 1001 I Street (note that the event was moved from Sutter’s Landing due to the possibility of rain). For more information see the two press releases below.
About the Sutter’s Landing Park Project
Specifically, the money will be used to extend the multi-use Two Rivers Trail three-quarters of one mile from the Park east to the Union Pacific mainline tracks next to the Business 80 highway. (Currently, the City’s Two Rivers Trail starts at Tiscornia Park and ends at State Route 160, a total of two miles.) At the end of the trail, there will be a turnaround loop with interpretive panels and seating. The City expects a future phase will connect the trail from the railroad tracks to CSU-Sacramento.
The funds will also restore over three acres on the banks of the American River with native plants. Entry enhancements will define the site as a recreation destination by making the entry to the river trail welcoming and by emphasizing the river connection.
The construction schedule has yet to be confirmed, but the project is expected to be finished by fall of 2017.
For Immediate Release: Media Contact:
Clark Blanchard, (916) 651-7585; firstname.lastname@example.org
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