At the City of Santa Cruz council meeting on Tuesday, November 25th, Friends of the Rail & Trail (FORT) Boardmembers, Eric Horton, Amelia Conlen and Piet Canin presented a check to the City of Santa Cruz for $92,000 for the construction of a 2.4 mile segment of Rail Trail from Natural Bridges Drive to the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. FORT, in partnership with Ecology Action and People Power of Santa Cruz County worked hard to raise these donation funds to support the construction of this high priority segment of the Rail Trail. Some $50,000 came from an anonymous donor and the additional $42,000 was raised from a combination of business donations from Santa Cruz Bicycles, Giro/Bell, Ibis and FOX and private funds raised from community members.
As Piet Canin, vice president of transportation at Ecology Action, the fiscal agent for Friends of the Rail & Trail, said “The city has taken a bold step in providing a safe, car-free, accessible and scenic path for children, families, college students, seniors and visitors. Ecology Action, in collaboration with Friends of the Rail & Trail and People Power, is grateful for the business and individual donors who are directly supporting the construction of the rail trail on the westside of Santa Cruz.”
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