Fresno Building Healthy Communities’ long-time involvement with parks and disadvantages communities in the Fresno area led to an extensive eight month work with project partners, Fresno District 2 Councilmember, and San Joaquin River Conservancy’s staff to prepare and apply for the California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) grant program for SJRP Western Reaches Access Activation Plan. The project proposal, which was awarded unanimously by WCB in May 2021, builds upon the guidelines of the original 1995 San Joaquin River Parkway Master Plan (SJRPMP) and its 2018 update. Specifically, it focuses on the two western-most and downstream portions of master plan, identified as Areas 6 & 7.
The SJRP Western Reaches Access Activation Plan will provide public access to the river and design recreational amenities at the Camp Pashayan site. It will also develop a recreational trail along the river, extending 4 miles eastward to the Millburn Overlook, and setting the stage for additional connectivity and river access. Together, these efforts will provide new opportunities for enjoyment of the San Joaquin River for all communities in Fresno and Madera Counties. At the same time, they will provide ecological enhancements to the river’s edge, and will offer better protections for sensitive habitat and native riparian vegetation
Location: Fresno and Madera, California
Client: Fresno Building Healthy Communities
Property of San Joaquin River Conservancy
UDD Role: Grant Writing, Project Manager & Community Engagement and Outreach