Last Tuesday, I went for a walk with the Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway Campaign. The Greenway is a 2-mile strip of land from Hwy 12 and Hoen to Spring Lake Regional Park. Originally, it was to be an extension of Hwy 12 across Spring Lake and through Annadel State Park.
Needless to say, that didn’t go over well. Political battles ensued. While California was buying Annadel property for a park, its other half was pursuing plans for the Highway 12 extension from Santa Rosa to the Sonoma Valley. By 1981, the highway extention ceased. But the land has been stuck in limbo ever since.
The Greenway Campaign started in 2008 to gain support for better use of the land. There’s a plan for hiking and biking trails, community gardens, playgrounds and restoring the creeks and the greenway for human and wildlife use.
Now, it’s a matter of money. How much does the state want for it? And who’s got that money?
Because this is CalTrans property, we couldn’t actually walk on the land, but next to it. Sometimes we zigzagged and only looked over a fence.
Please visit the website of Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway Campaign to find out more or lend them a hand. You’ll find links to other Greenway endeavors around the world.
See you on this trail?
Words and pictures by Lynn Millar