Sixth Annual Holiday Dinner
The Santiago Creek Greenway Alliance’s Sixth Annual Holiday Dinner was a great success. Featured guest speaker was Sheriff Sandra Hutchens who spoke on the operations of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, in addition to describing the many services provided by citizen volunteers. The mayor, members of the city council and Supervisor Bill Campbell and his wife were also in attendance.
The other highlight of the evening was the announcement of the city of Orange’s completion of 8.5 miles of bike trail along Santiago Creek (from Hart Park to Santiago Oaks Regional Park). Many citizen volunteers began laying out plans for this trail as far back as 1969. With the departure of the sand and gravel operations in the creek and a philosophical change in the Orange City Council, this trail is now essentially completed with a grand opening event tentatively scheduled for February 11, 2012 at Grijalva Park.
Santiago Creek Bike Trail Status
While Orange has completed the trail within its city limits, a quarter-mile gap remains along the creek in the city of Santa Ana between the I-5 underpass and Fisher Park. At the present time, this section of the creek is used by vagrants and marked with graffiti. Completion of the paved bike trail on the north side of the creek will go a long way toward reducing this kind of activity, as well as completing a regional bike trail connecting to the Santa Ana River Trail.
Be sure click on the widget below to sign the petition asking the Santa Ana Mayor and city council to complete this quarter-mile gap in the Santiago Creek bike trail!