Santa Ana wins $1 million for bike trail

A $1-million state grant will help pay for a new bike trail along South Flower Street that will connect the city's existing loop of trails with Costa Mesa's trail system.

Published November 28, by OC Register 
By DOUG IRVING

SANTA ANA – A $1-million state grant will help pay for a new bike trail along South Flower Street that will connect the city's existing loop of trails with Costa Mesa's trail system.

City park officials expect to open the one-mile trail by the end of 2009. When it's finished, bicyclists will be able to leave from the beaches near Costa Mesa, swing around the west end of Santa Ana, and connect to other trails heading toward the Santa Ana Mountains.

The new segment of trail will run along an existing flood-control channel on Flower Street. The city plans to lay down an asphalt path, add plants and an irrigation system, and plant vines along the channel's block walls to discourage graffiti.

In all, the city expects the new trail to cost a little more than $1.1 million. It learned this month that it had won $1 million for the project from the state's Bicycle Transportation Account.

The grant program, administered by Caltrans, provides money for projects designed to make it safer and more convenient for people to commute by bicycle. Santa Ana received the biggest share of the $7.2 million the program handed out this year.

The city still needs to come up with around $112,000 to build the trail. It plans to use park fees paid by developers and donations from nearby neighborhoods, said Ron Ono, the administrative services manager of the city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency.

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