Santa Maria Greenway and Trail:
Since the 1980s, Ramonans have advocated for a greenway park through town. The Santa Maria Creek Greenway is described in the general plan. The County of San Diego gave support to a linear trail. The Ramona Trails Association has helped create a staging area. IMC developed a conceptual plan, funded by a grant from the California Greenways Foundation.
This is a long-term project that needs a wide range of volunteer help. Mapping, identifying and outreach to property owners, removing invasive plant species and litter, project planning, trail and facility design to include ADA accessibility and erosion control. A healthy Santa Maria Creek is invaluable in quality recharge of groundwater and private wells.
Some day the Greenway could extend throught the grassland preserves and down to the San Diequito River Park.
A Santa Maria Creek Greenway could be safer, beautiful, relaxing, scenic option through town for non-motorized travel.
Even a partially completed in town section, of the Santa Maria Creek Greenway trail could provide the down town community and schools with easy access to nature for educational, health, and recreational purposes. This much loved creek could have better management of invasive plant species, which would aid in preventing community-wide fires, floods, and the continued spread of costly invasive species into agricultural areas and the Cleveland National Forest.
The Santa Maria Creek Greenway or River Park has a great staging area. It now needs a great trail to be complete. Want to help?
*IMC created the first documented plan for the Santa Maria Creek Greenway Park, a plan which has since been adopted by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, and endorsed by the Ramona Comunity Planning Group and the Ramona Town Center Design Committee.
Letters of Support from the Community: