SANTA CRUZ, CA -- Join the City of Santa Cruz in celebrating the opening of the Emma McCrary Trail on Saturday, June 1 at 10:00 am at the Pogonip Gate trailhead on Golf Club Drive. Ceremonies featuring Mayor Hilary Bryant, refreshments and an interpretive first ride will highlight the festivities.
This 1.5-mile trail, gently winding through beautiful forest, is the first multi-use trail to open in Santa Cruz since 1999. It is named in honor of trail advocate and equestrian Emma McCrary, (December 25, 1930 - June 24, 2011), a Santa Cruz County resident renowned for her decades of volunteer trailblazing.
This scenic trail was built by over 300 volunteers contributing more than 3,400 hours under the direction of Parks and Recreation and trail expert Drew Perkins. Using $25,000 in funding provided by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz and the local bike industry, this multi-use trail is designed for hikers, bikers and equestrians; and to enhance public access and enjoyment of Pogonip.
"This trail is going to bring more folks into Pogonip and that will translate into a more positive experience for all," says Parks Superintendent Mauro Garcia. "The level of cooperation between park users and the support of volunteers and sponsors have made this trail possible."
Drew Perkins, Board member of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz and trail coordinator adds, "This trail was designed and built to be beautiful, sustainable, safe, and fun." Perkins says, "The volunteers and sponsors gave us the resources to do it right, their hard work and generosity are much appreciated."
Refreshments courtesy of Rebecca's at the Tannery, Verve and Odwalla. Bike valet by People Power. Project volunteers include Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz and Take Back Santa Cruz. Project sponsors include Santa Cruz Bikes, Easton-Bell, Fox, Ibis, Specialized and many individuals who made significant donations.
Ride your bike or horse to the event or park at the City Corporation Yard (corner of River Street and Golf Club Drive) and walk to the trailhead (15 minutes).
For more information, call 831-420-5270.