New Leaf Community Markets and City of Santa Cruz Applauded for Final Agreement on Westside Rail Trail Project

Friends of the Rail & Trail today expressed support for the final agreement reached by New Leaf Community Markets and the City of Santa Cruz regarding the Westside segment of the Rail Trail project, which is expected to break ground this summer and is the first segment of the project to begin construction.

“This is an important agreement because it enables the bike and pedestrian trail to remain on the ocean side of the tracks as it passes between Swift Street and Fair Avenue without a detour onto city streets, an idea that was met with strong opposition from the community,” said Mark Mesiti-Miller, chair of Friends of the Rail & Trail. “We’re thankful for the effort made by the City of Santa Cruz to move the Rail Trail project forward, and grateful to New Leaf Community Markets for providing an easement and approval for modifications needed in its parking lot.”

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