HOLTVILLE IS AWARDED $430,468.00 FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION FOR THE ALAMO RIVER RECREATIONAL TRAIL
For years the City Holtville has been actively seeking grant funds to make improvements along the Alamo River. After much preparation and several collaborative efforts with local groups and organizations, the City’s efforts have paid off in a big way. The City of Holtville has been allocated $430,468.00 from the Recreational Trails Program of the California Department of Parks and Recreation for a public nature trail along the Alamo River—a first of its kind in the region. The Program was highly competitive, receiving 64 applications statewide and awarding to only seven jurisdictions a cumulative total of $2.3 Million. The City of Holtville is the scheduled recipient of the second largest amount of funding, second only to the City of Santa Ana.
The project will consist of 0.52 miles of a non-motorized recreational trail commencing from the recently acquired Earl Walker Park, at the west entrance of Town, to the City’s future community park site at 4th and Holt Avenues. The trail project proposes two Staging Areas, each with a parking area, restrooms, bicycle racks, and other amenities. Two pedestrian bridges across the Alamo River will facilitate access and enjoyment of this natural resource.
This grant is supplemented by other funding that has been received by the City for this project area, including a recent Environmental Protection Agency Grant in the amount of $92,000 funded through the Border Environment Cooperation Commission earmarked to clean up and protect the Alamo River from illegal dumping, erosion and sedimentation. Both of these successful grants were written by The Holt Group, Inc. a local planning and engineering firm.
Creating a healthy and vibrant community is an important part of the City Councils vision for Holtville. Council members, Mayor Colleen Ludwig, David Bradshaw, Jerry Brittsan, Richard Layton and Bianca Padilla are excited about the City’s future. Their decision to apply for grants and other funding opportunities has paid off. The City of Holtville hopes to have the trail open to the region by the end of 2011.