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Last updated: 11/23/2022

A critical trail connection in an underserved community

Completion of both trail segments will form a 2.3 mile loop when combined with the bike and pedestrian facilities on S. Meadows Road, vastly improving recreational opportunities for this community which lacks developed open spaces for the highest density of youth in the city. Meanwhile, it will connect downtown Santa Feans with the existing El Camino Real Trail that leads under 599 to the Municipal Recreation Center.

This section of the Acequia Trail is fully funded and under design. 

The proposed multi-modal trail connections are labeled as the Study Section Segment Area (SSSA). 

How do you want these trails develop?

Project updates

Discovering Paths Today and Tomorrow: An Illustrated Vision of the Acequia/River Trail Cottonwood Loop in Oga Po’Geh (Santa Fe) will be released spring of 2023!

The City of Santa Fe received Community Development Block Grant funding in the fall of 2022 to connect Cottonwood Mobile Home Park with El Camino Real Academy via a paved trail!

The Acequia Trail from South Meadows to San Felipe is fully funded and undergoing engineering design.

The South Meadows/Agua Fria intersection has been redesigned and construction will begin in 2023.

The Cottonwood/Agua Fria intersection has been redesigned as a roundabout and construction will begin in 2023.

 

More details will be released soon

We have been working with the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and National Historic Trails to highlight the amazing historical importance of this area as part of the El Camino Real Trail.

Work on our illustrated story involved MPO collaboration with the NPS through an RTCA grant. This is coming soon.

THE COMMUNITY HEALTH PROFILE DOCUMENTS THE NEED FOR THESE TRAIL CONNECTIONS TO BE PRIORITIZED

Discovering paths today and tomorrow: citations

1.     Santa Fe Southside Sector Greenway Loop Community Health Profile (above)

2.    Cleaner Air and Cost Reduction of Reducing School Bus Routes at Cottonwood Village Mobile Home Park to El Camino Real Academy, Alyce Leck, Director of Transportation Santa Fe Public Schools, October 2020

3.    Scavenger Hunt Results (right)

4.    Santa Fe Multimodal Transition Plan, Appendix A, page 6

5.    https://www.americantrails.org/health-benefits

6.    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7883301_A_Cost-Benefit_Analysis_of_Physical_Activity_Using_BikePedestrian_Trails

7.https://www.santafenm.gov/media/files/Sustainable_SF_Commission/Sustainable%20Santa%20Fe_October_Printsm.pdf

8.    https://www.railstotrails.org/resource-library/resources/historic-preservation-community-identity/

9.     https://www.nps.gov/elca/learn/kidsyouth/upload/ELCA-Junior-Ranger-2020-508.pdf

10. https://www.historicsantafe.org/agua-fria-village

Discovering Paths Today and Tomorrow - Appendix A: Inclusive Trail Planning

32 Signs were scattered in the community in the summer of 2021 to gather feedback. This is what we learned:

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After mapping, projects can be prioritized for funding and implementation. The highest priority projects will be accessible for review with member governments so they can be included into the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). . Based on concentrations of high priority projects, high priority pedestrian improvement zones can be designated to complete improvements by geographic area.