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Dry Creek Trailhead
The City of Clovis constructed an extraordinary facility, Dry Creek Trailhead, on the southwest corner of Sunnyside and Shepherd Avenues, located in northern Clovis, in the State of California.
The purpose of the Dry Creek Trailhead is to serve the people as a multi-use bicycle/pedestrian trailhead and rest area. It was designed to provide access to the regional trail system and offer an opportunity to rest after using the trail. The facility is an extremely water efficient, low maintenance trailhead that serves four trails with an anticipated use by 2 million people annually. This site saves and replenishes groundwater, tells the agricultural and water history of the area, and will be the centerpiece of the trail system for years to come. This all happened thanks to the energy and drive of City staff and a supportive City Council serving their community.
The project area covers approximately 3 acres and includes: a parking lot, seating wall, landscape plantings, irrigation system, tables, benches, lights, pedestrian trail bridges, drinking fountains, bike racks, and restroom facilities. The Dry Creek Trailhead also includes concrete trail paths that lead to the adjacent Class I Dry Creek and Enterprise Canal Trail Systems. By its very nature (a facility that promotes pedestrian/bicycle use), the Dry Creek Trailhead is considered a functional component of the intermodal transportation system.
In 2006, the City applied for and was awarded $1,569,100 in competitive Federal Transportation Enhancement funds to develop the Trailhead Rest Area site. Prior to the start of this project however, Clovis experienced the “Great Recession” and was forced to cut staffing budgets, leading to a 15% reduction in personnel for the PDS Department and subsequently putting the project on hold. During this time, several other local communities were experiencing the same budget woes and were unable to utilize their awarded grant funding. In early 2012, an additional $677,900 became available that had been earmarked for another valley city. The city seized the opportunity to use this funding to acquire and construct the Dry Creek Trailhead. The only caveat to the additional funding was that the project would need to be under construction by the spring of 2014.
After much discussion as to whether there was adequate staffing to even handle the project, a decision was made not to pass up on this once-in-a-century funding opportunity and so staff charged ahead.
2015 Urban Forestry Award Winner
The Dry Creek Trailhead won the 2015 Urban Forestry Award from the California Urban Forests Council in the category of S.O.S. – Save our Shade. The award is given to an organization or community that demonstrates creative solutions toward caring for the urban tree canopy during California’s drought – preserving the many benefits & services delivered by the community’s trees.
2015 League of California Cities Award Winner
The Dry Creek Trailhead won the Planning and Environmental Quality Helen Putnam Award from the League of California Cities in September 2015. Read the about the trailhead.
2015 Transportation Project of the Year
On November 5, 2015 this project was awarded the Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association Central California Chapter.
2015 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Award
Award of Excellence honoring Valley projects that reflect the “Blueprint” principles in the category of Transportation Enhancement Project. The award was presented at the 11th Annual San Joaquin Valley Fall Policy Conference on October 8, 2015.
2016 California Parks & Recreation Society Award
Award of Excellence winner on March 8, 2016, at the 68th Annual California Parks & Recreation Society Conference & Expo.
2016 Great Places in California Award
The California Chapter of the America Planning Association has recognized the Dry Creek Trailhead as the three Great Places in California for 2016. A Great Place in California is one that exemplifies character, quality, and excellent planning. The jury was highly impressed with the Trailhead as an exceptional community recreation area and gathering place that preserves the natural environment and encourages alternative transportation.