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Yerba Buena Creek Trail
Yerba Buena Creek Trail

County Parks Receives a $3.1 Million Grant from the California Natural Resource Agency

Author: Parks & Recreation Department
Date: 1/13/2021 11:26:07 AM

The County of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the grant award of $3,146,800 for the design and construction of the Yerba Buena Creek Trail Segment of the Juan Bautista de Anza Trail, connecting Santa Margarita to Garden Farms.

The California Natural Resources Agency awarded the grant funding from a program to expand access to the outdoors and enhance recreational opportunities for communities across the state.   

The Yerba Buena Creek trail project will construct a 2.75-mile trail that runs along Yerba Buena creek.  The trail will cross the private Santa Margarita Ranch, and include improvements through Santa Margarita, connecting Garden Farms to the Community Park and the Elementary School. This project will provide new public access to natural areas as well as opportunities to learn about the creek, riparian, wetland environments, and the historic Santa Margarita de Cortona Asistencia.

In 2018, California voters passed the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68), which directed $27.7 million to the Natural Resources Agency for competitive grants that provide non-motorized infrastructure development and enhancements that promote new or alternate access to parks, waterways, outdoor recreational pursuits, and forested or other natural environments to encourage health-related active transportation and opportunities for Californians to reconnect with nature.