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City receives grant funds for wetlands trails and greenway projects

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014

WATSONVILLE — The City of Watsonville has received $225,500 in grant funds for wetlands trails and greenway projects.

This funding comes from the California Strategic Growth Council’s Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Grant Program.

In partnership with the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, the city will be improving pedestrian trails and landscaping at Hazelwood Park, and restoring special habitat along the Upper Struve Slough Trail near Main Street.

Both projects are part of the city's Urban Greening Plan that maps out the long-term vision for community greening, infrastructure improvement, and environmental enhancement adopted by the City Council in 2012. The plan calls for a 30-mile trail system, nature pocket parks, new street trees, and wetlands and open space restoration and improvement projects.

“The city is pleased to receive the grant funding from the State,” said Murray Fontes, principal engineer with the city’s Public Works and Utilities Department. “For the past 10 years, the city and Watsonville Wetlands Watch have partnered to develop a series of trails in and around our community’s unique freshwater sloughs as well as preserving and restoring the sloughs. This grant funding will allow us to move ahead with two more high priority projects.”

For the complete article see the 07-22-2014 issue.

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