Rail to Trail: We Support the Del Rio Trail

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 3!

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR OUR FIRST NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP DAY ON THE DEL RIO TRAIL!


Join your neighbors, SLPNA, Councilman Jay Schenirer, Assembly Member Jim Cooper and other officials, as we launch our first "Del Rio Trail Cleanup Day." The group will pick up litter on the rail corridor along Freeport Blvd near CA Family Fitness. Volunteers should check-in at 9 am on Saturday, June 3, in the parking lot of California Family Fitness, 1349 Florin Road (Florin Rd at Freeport Blvd) Email slpna@slpna.org to let us know you can attend.

Volunteers will be given a free Del Rio Trail t-shirt (while supplies last!), courtesy of Assembly Member Jim Cooper. The City of Sacramento will provide bags, gloves, etc. Councilman Schenirer will provide refreshments. Come meet the Del Rio Trail Committee members, and help us improve our neigbhorhood! All volunteers must sign waivers and be 18 years of age.





Del Rio Trail Committee

On January 4, 2017 the Del Rio Trail committee convened and organized. The committee selected the following leadership team:
  • Chuck Hughes, Chair
  • Dan Weitzman, Vice Chair
  • Mark Rossow, Communications Director
The committee will be meeting throughout 2017. Please email slpna@slpna.org for more information.

COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

Planning for the Del Rio Trail
Wednesday, March 22
Pony Express Elementary School
1250 56th Avenue
5 pm-7 pm
Hosted by the City of Sacramento's contracted project team


Thursday, June 8
Pony Express Elementary School
1250 56th Avenue
5 pm-7 pm
Hosted by the City of Sacramento






SLPNA is strongly supporting the Del Rio Trail project. This 4.5 mile long stretch of abandoned rail line runs through the heart of South Land Park, from the Zoo to roughly Pocket Rd. at Freeport Blvd.

In 2014, State Parks had planned to approve a plan to run tourist trains on this neighborhood greenbelt. Our association, residents, schools, and businesses were highly concerned and voiced significant opposition. After the train plan was shelved by the state, SLPNA formed a Trail and Greenbelt Committee. The TAG Committee operated in 2014 and 2015, and worked closely with the City as it worked on a grant proposal to build a trail on the corridor. The application was successful, and in late 2015, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments awarded $2.2 million to get the project shovel ready.

In May 2016, the Sacramento City Council unanimously authorized preliminary work on the trail, and included a transfer of abandoned FAA land for a community garden that would be part of the trail. As we enter a new phase in the trail project, SLPNA is developing plans on how to engage with the community in 2016 and 2017 so that we continue to have a voice. In July 2016, the SLPNA Board created the Del Rio Trail Committee to spearhead community efforts to build a safe, beautiful, neighborhood-friendly trail in South Land Park.

Abandoned since the 1970s, the old agricultural rail spur transformed over the years. It is now a neighborhood greenbelt, a dog walking area, and a quiet place to explore nature. Many people jog and bike on flat areas of the corridor. Other sections have become littered brownfields and are overgrown in some areas. Our hope is the trail will be a beautiful, safe amenity that all residents can enjoy. Moreover, it will address pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in the area. Many school children have expressed their desire to use this trail to travel to several schools along the corridor. Registered supporters include: Congresswoman Doris Matsui; UC Davis; Sierra Club (Sac); WalkSacramento: South Land Park Neighborhood Association; Cabrillo Park Neighborhood Association; Land Park Community Association; and many more. Neighborhood surveys show 83% support from residents, businesses, and schools.

You may send letters of support for the Del Rio Trail. The letters will be included in the City's future grant funding applications for the Trail. The letter need only indicate your support for the Del Rio Trail, and benefits of having a trail like biking; walking; hiking; alternative transportation mode; non-motorized transportation access to grocery stores, banks and other business; and safe route for southwest Sacramento to Downtown.
  


 

Support letters/email can be sent to:

jmatsui-drury@cityofsacramento.org

Judy Matsui-Drury

City of Sacramento

915 I Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Thanks to our neighbors for supporting of the Del Rio Trail project


TRAIL COMMITTEE

The Trail and Greenbelt Committee operated in 2014 and 2015. It helped gauge community interest in the trail and assisted the City in obtaining initial grant funding. With its mission accomplished, it was formally disbanded in 2016.

DEL RIO TRAIL COMMITTEE

DEL RIO TRAIL COMMITTEE is the new group created by unanimous vote of the SLPNA Board in July 2016. Stay tuned to this page for other trail news and updates in 2016 and 2017.

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