May 222014
 
The SYCAMORE TRAIL in January was neither open, inviting, nor safe. The first phase of a jointly-funded project will start to clean it up, adding trees and paths for bikes and pedestrians. Eventually, the trail will become part of the city’s trail web and part of the “Safe Routes to Schools” network.    (Photo courtesy of Aldrete Communications)

The SYCAMORE TRAIL in January was neither open, inviting, nor safe. The first phase of a jointly-funded project will start to clean it up, adding trees and paths for bikes and pedestrians. Eventually, the trail will become part of the city’s trail web and part of the “Safe Routes to Schools” network.
(Photo courtesy of Aldrete Communications)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 14, 2014 –

A blighted urban pathway called the “Sycamore Trail” is getting a rehab, in part courtesy of an $80,000 grant from Wells Fargo.

“It had burned-out mattresses and broken bottles and was considered a dangerous area to go through or walk nearby. So the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and the City of West Sacramento decided to change that,” said Lori Aldrete in a press release for the Yolo County Children’s Alliance.

The Sycamore Trail is an urban corridor running north from West Capitol Avenue near Poplar Avenue, next to Westfield Village Elementary School. Under the corridor lies part of the Lower Northwest Interceptor pipeline for Sacramento’s regional sewer system, which is routed through West Sacramento.

“No one wanted their kids to travel through this undeveloped open space near a West Sacramento school – but some children were using it as a short-cut,” said Aldrete.

The first phase of trail renovation started in March. Partners – including the City of West Sacramento and the Northern California Construction Training Program – will be “installing lighting, landscaping and picnic tables/benches; removing graffiti and fences; and providing general cleanup and trees,” she reported.

The city plans to add bicycle and pedestrian trails to further blend it into West Sacramento’s master-planned network of trails.  A grant from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments is helping to make the project happen.

The first phase of the Sycamore Trail rehab is scheduled to be finished by June, 2015, said Aldrete.

To learn more about the city’s plan for a connected network of bike paths and trails, see the News-Ledger’s article here. The article includes an enlargeable map.

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Steve Marschke

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