• Legacy Community Trail Groundbreaking Shows Community a Glimpse of Unique Open Space

    Ceremonially breaking ground at what will become Legacy Community Trail, the Leadership Santa Maria Valley (LSMV) Class of 2019 gave the public a glimpse Saturday of a unique open space in a neighborhood looking to stretch its legs.

    Located on Carmen Lane between Blosser and the train tracks, Legacy Community Trail is a 4.6-acre parcel that the Leadership Class is developing for its Legacy Project. After LSMV funds the planning, develops the foundation and infrastructure and installs 1,300 linear feet of finished walking path, the open space will be maintained by the City of Santa Maria for continued development.

    Plans include native landscaping, a demonstration fruit orchard and a community garden where residents can reserve space to grow their own plants and vegetables. It’s ideal for an area where quite a bit of high-density residential development has gone up in recent years.

    “There’s space for dog-walking, picnicking, growing your own little garden,” said Class of 2019 spokesperson Joshua D. Scroggin. “And if any of those amenities or the idea of installing art in a park-like setting is something that excites you, we really need you to get involved, donate and help us build the momentum for what really could be a one-of-a-kind open area in our community.”

    The leadership class is continuing to fundraise as well as seek in-kind donations. For more information on the project and how you can donate or become a sponsor, please visit https://santamaria.com/leadership-2019-legacy-project.