For many of us during the pandemic, life has slowed down, communication is interrupted, optimism waxes and wanes. The Greenway Campaign has had similar experiences. That said, our optimism is now renewed. The outdoors has been our solace, comfort, and escape. We have come to treasure every bird song and cloud formation with new and wondrous eyes. How have you have enjoyed nature during these interesting and changing months? Let us hear from you so that we can share our readers’ stories in a future edition! Contact us at info@SoutheastGreenway.org.
Let’s Get Outdoors
We are planning two hikes in September and hope you can join us. We ask that all participants be vaccinated, wear masks, and respect social distancing.
Saturday, September 11 at 8:30 am
Thursday, September 16 at 5:30 pm
We will meet at Montgomery HS parking lot near the tennis courts, hike adjacent to the Greenway on paths and sidewalks for a 2-mile walk, and shuttle those who would like to get a ride back to MHS from Summerfield and Hoen. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Progress on Greenway Purchase:
Another Milestone Achieved
Land transactions take a long time. We are pleased to report that the Greenway Partners have met another significant milestone on the Greenway Project.
A great deal of groundwork is required before the City of Santa Rosa and Caltrans can complete a contract to purchase the Greenway property. The first step involved completing title searches and creating a detailed ‘appraisal map’ for the property. This was a laborious process that involved digging through maps, files, and title searches to learn all that is historically known about the land. Some of this detective work went back to the turn of the century and it had to be done for each individual parcel that Caltrans bought from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. Think about buying 47 houses at one time – each a separate transaction involving many property owners. That will give you an idea about how difficult these title searches have been. A process that we thought would take about 3 months took 16! While many of us were curled up with a good book or our favorite TV series during the pandemic, our partners and consultants were digging deeply into old documents. Their work will ensure that we have 47 clear property titles and an appraisal map that provide a baseline for cost appraisals.
The Campaign sends an enormous thank you to our Greenway Partners who worked on this challenging project: John Monaghan – Sonoma Water, John McCaull – Sonoma Land Trust, and Mike Jones – City of Santa Rosa. Additionally, the Campaign hired a local surveying company to provide the special expertise and professional research required to complete the project. The City of Santa Rosa delivered all title reports and the appraisal map to Caltrans at the end of July. We look forward to hearing back from them soon. Then on to our next step – property value appraisals and negotiations, which we hope will begin this fall or early next year.
Thank you so much for your ongoing support and interest as we continue to work toward our shared vision, a vibrant urban Greenway for all to enjoy!
Sonoma Land Trust Board Tours the Greenway
In May, Greenway team officers hosted members of the Sonoma Land Trust Board and gave them an introduction to the land, its history, progress, and future visions. Starting off with coffee and delicious pastries, we made introductions, looked at maps and talked about the collaboration of the Greenway Partners and how important Sonoma Land Trust has been to make our project real. With many new faces on the Board, learning the details of this project is critical to gain their understanding and support in bringing the parks to the people in urban areas. We are proud to be part of the Sonoma Land Trust’s portfolio of lands that address climate change in a thoughtful way.