News & Events
Springtime Strolls – Take a Guided Greenway Walk!
When: Wednesday, May 11th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, May 24th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Montgomery High School Parking Lot (near the tennis courts)
The spring weather should be perfect for a walk along the edge of the Southeast Greenway! This is the best time of year to learn more about the Greenway and see it at its greenest. The guided walk will give you an understanding of the property’s full size, shape and potential for restoration and recreation. You’ll see how it fits into a regional plan for connectivity, learn about the progress being made and how you can be involved in the planning process in the months ahead.
Invite a Friend!
If you’ve been on a previous walk, please suggest it to a friend or neighbor. It’s important to spread the word, especially now when the City is poised to hire planning consultants and hear ideas for the Greenway.
Meet up with walk leaders at Montgomery High near the tennis courts. We’ll stop by Yulupa Cohousing for a rest stop, continue up the hill to view the Greenway’s connection to Spring Lake Park, and then return to the High School. The walk is about 3.5 miles round trip on city streets and sidewalks. Terrain is mostly flat but includes one fairly steep hill. Remember to bring your hat, water, sunglasses, sunscreen and any other items you might enjoy on an urban walk.
Standing Room Crowd for The Time is Now!
Over 275 community members attended the SE Greenway’s Feb. 20 event at Montgomery High. David Koehler, Sonoma Land Trust’s new Executive Director, delivered the keynote address, sharing ideas and community benefits from greenways around the country. Dave worked on the 23-mile San Joaquin River Parkway, a project with many complexities, for several years. He is thrilled that the Southeast Greenway project has a strong community partnership committed to moving it forward.
Erin Morris of the City’s Planning & Economic Development Department presented highlights from her report on Existing Conditions, Opportunities and Constraints – a fascinating portrait of the Greenway property. Chuck Regalia, Assistant City Manager, followed with a road map of the year ahead, emphasizing the importance of community input to determine the best uses for the land.
Members of the Greenway Partnership described their participation, highlighting future opportunities for recreational activities, access to open space, stewardship, and infrastructure improvements on the Greenway.
Students in the Sustainability Program at Montgomery High exhibited their class project – ideas for the Greenway. Several of the Vikings volunteered and were a big help. The Campaign would like to thank Montgomery High for hosting, all of the volunteers who helped with the event and everyone who attended. Stay tuned for updates on the City’s Planning Process and opportunities for involvement!
General Plan Amendment for Greenway Coming in 2016
On October 6th the Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously to initiate a General Plan Amendment and Rezoning of the undeveloped Highway 12 between Farmers Lane and Spring Lake Park. This is a very important and positive step forward for the Southeast Greenway Project!
The General Plan Amendment process will provide many opportunities for community members to share their ideas for the best uses of the Greenway land. Our Community Partnership considers it an essential step towards establishing a fair value for the property and acquiring the land.
We want to acknowledge our Community Partners for their work in support of this accomplishment and send a heartfelt thanks to the many Greenway supporters who showed up on October 6th and encouraged City Council to advance the Southeast Greenway. You made a positive difference!
SE Greenway Campaign Awarded National Park Service Grant!
The Southeast Greenway Campaign has been awarded a National Park Service's "Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance" grant for the coming year. This technical assistance grant will offer the Campaign consultation in the area of communication, helping us determine how best to tell the Greenway story using a variety of media. We look forward to working with the RCTA consultant in the year ahead!