Here’s the text of a recently issued news release that generated an article in the November 12th edition of the Herald:
A consortium of partners is happy to announce the finalization of the purchase of a key piece of land along the proposed Mount Shasta Greenway.
The 5-acre property, located at the end of Kingston Road, was a foreclosed parcel that the consortium has purchased from Scott Valley Bank. The land, which was once slated for condominium development, will now be retained as open space that will facilitate the Greenway. The consortium of groups promoting the Greenway include the Mount Shasta Trail Association, Siskiyou Land Trust, Mount Shasta Rotary Club, Mountain Wheelers, Mountain Runners, and the Mount Shasta Recreation & Parks District. The purchase was funded by contributions by the partners, while title for the land will initially be held by the Land Trust.
Three community members have been key to making this project happen. Tom Hesseldenz has been the visionary, initially proposing the greenway in the early 1990’s, locating trail routes, and conducting the overall planning. Joe Wirth brought together the consortium several years ago when the project had lost its momentum, breathing life and energy back into proposal. And recently, Greg Messer has assumed a leadership mantle, spearheading overall project coordination.
The long-term goal of the consortium is to establish a 5-mile greenway network through the city and extending to Lake Siskiyou that provides safe off-street multi-use trail linkages, incorporates streams, wetlands, and open-space, restores fish and wildlife habitat, mitigates urban storm-water runoff, and benefits the local economy.
The first phase of the project is to connect the City Park to downtown. Central to that objective is an 8 foot wide paved, multi-use trail crossing a variety of land ownerships, including the recently acquired Land Trust parcel. Future extensions would connect the trail to Spring Hill, the proposed Mill Pond Park at the old Roseburg Mill site, and eventually to Lake Siskiyou that is already circumnavigated by a recreational trail. The accessible trail will provide a recreational pathway for walkers, runners, bicyclists; nature study of meadows and wetlands; urban open space retention; and safe access to the City Park. The Nepenthe Trail, an existing segment of the Greenway Trail, was previously built through the Mercy Medical Center facility.
While excited about this major step forward in the project, the consortium continues to work on the preparation of a master plan for the entire project and then environmental compliance, before securing funding for designing and implementing the project in phases.