In conjunction with the Railyard Park Conservancy’s celebration of Earth Day at the Railyard, SFCT held a community bicycle ride along the Acequia Madre and the Santa Fe River, starting and ending at the Railyard Park on April 21, 2018. This “Happy Earth Day Cruise” focused on green infrastructure, such as “rain gardens” and “lagunitas,” along City streets and trails that turn the challenge of storm-water management into an opportunity to nurture and improve our urban environment.
The ride featured guest speakers at the Acequia Trail underpass, Cristobal Colon basins, and the “Maize Storm Drain” and adjacent Santa Fe River features, as well as stops at locations of interest along W. and E. Alameda St. at Sicomoro St., Cathedral Pl., and El Alamo St.
We returned to the Railyard Park along the freshly-cleaned Acequia Madre and via a piece of “green infrastructure” that SFCT had a hand in improving: a footbridge on Camino de las Animas that was replaced with help from the City Parks Division, the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society, and other city trail volunteers in 2016.
A full Happy Earth Day Cruise Itinerary is available listing the speakers and participants who contributed to create this wonderful green infrastructure on behalf of the City and the general public.