BSLT Develops a Carr Lake Vision and Garden

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News Date: 
December 26, 2018
Volunteers work with native plants to create a garden at Carr Lake

In 2017, Big Sur Land Trust initiated an engagement process to gather ideas from Salinas residents for a new park and open space to be developed on the 73-acre property the Land Trust has acquired at Carr Lake. The City has been a close collaborator in this process via the Vision Salinas engagement and outreach coordination, and provides assistance where needed in this rare opportunity for engagement around such a large public facility -- the City will also be facilitating the permitting and environmental review process for the park development. Big Sur Land Trust began their engagement process with a committee of local stakeholders and a hydrology study of the site, which is largely in a floodplain area. In the spring of 2018, Big Sur Land Trust hired a landscape architect to initiate the design process for the park and conduct outreach. Center for Community Advocacy (CCA) is also involved in the engagement process, specifically to nearby residents off Sherwood Drive.

To engage the larger regional draw that this park is expecting, Big Sur Land Trust facilitated 4 community meetings this Summer and Fall to develop a vision concept for the park. The City of Salinas provided childcare and translation equipment at these meetings. The next stage in the process will be to develop a more detailed site plan, followed by the initiation of the development process for the park, which will include coordination with other relevant agencies, an environmental review process, and the permitting process. In 2019, Big Sur Land Trust will be working with the stakeholder committee to provide continuing opportunities for Salinas residents to learn about and get involved in the project.  For more information, please visit the following link: https://bigsurlandtrust.org/carr-lake-salinas/