Dry Creek Greenway Regional Vision
In January, 1996, a Concept Report for the Dry Creek Greenway was produced through a collaborative effort by representatives of:
- Cities of Roseville, Rocklin, and Sacramento
- National Park Service
- Placer and Sacramento Counties
- Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency
- Town of Loomis
- Trust for Public Lands
This report proposed the development of an open space system through northeastern Sacramento County and southwestern Placer County following the Dry Creek floodplain from its headwaters in Miners and Secret Ravines to its mouth at Steelhead Creek, formerly known as the Natomas East Main Drainage Canal. Since the publication of that document, Sacramento County has created the Dry Creek Parkway Plan that formally established the Parkway from Steelhead Creek to the Sacramento-Placer County line.
The March 10, 2004 "Dry Creek Greenway Regional Vision" document describes the various open space corridors and trail elements that comprise the Greenway.
The proposed Dry Creek Greenway will provide a continuous and coordinated system of preserved lands and habitat, with a connecting corridor of walking, equestrian, and bicycle trails, from the Sacramento border to Dry Creek’s sources, and to the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.
Linkages with the American River Parkway, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, and the Ueda Parkway and Dry Creek Parkways in Sacramento County would create the most significant natural trail loop within the greater Sacramento metropolitan area. The Greenway area consists of Dry Creek and its major tributaries such as:
- Antelope Creek
- Cirby Creek
- Clover Valley Creek
- Linda Creek
- Miners Ravine
- Secret Ravine
- Strap Ravine
The Dry Creek Greenway is envisioned as a regional open space greenway and park system that protects the natural waterways, riparian corridors, natural and cultural resources and sensitive habitat lands, and provides compatible recreational opportunities that do not impact sensitive resources and private property rights. The Master Plan includes a coordinated multi-jurisdiction management strategy to address:
- Equestrian trails and public access
- Flood control
- Habitat preservation
- Water quality
Each jurisdiction in the Greenway will implement specific projects that are linked to a shared, regional vision. It provides policies and guidelines to help each community carry out Greenway goals.
Primary goals include the creation and preservation of continuous wildlife habitat and vegetative corridors and connecting neighborhoods and commercial areas with trails, bikeways, open space corridors and recreational areas, where appropriate and feasible. Since the essence of Greenways is connections, a key task is building a regional web of walkways and connecting routes through the County and connecting to neighboring counties.
Trails are expanding all over Placer County, but more importantly, the typical conception of trails as contained loops within a specific property is giving way to longer regional routes that connect natural systems and nearby employment centers, retail areas, parks and schools. An ongoing Greenway challenge is to link existing trails, bikeways, and sidewalks into continuous systems, oftentimes complicated by difficult terrain and private property. In the Dry Creek Greenway, a class I trail is preferred, though may not be feasible in all areas.
Report by Section
- Executive Summary and Introduction (PDF)
- Existing Conditions - Part 1 (PDF)
- Existing Conditions - Part 2 (PDF)
- Existing Conditions - Part 3 (PDF)
- Existing Conditions - Part 4 (PDF)
- Dry Creek Greenway Vision Statements and Potential Greenway Implementation Strategies (PDF)
- Proposed Greenway Recreation Improvements - Part 1 (PDF)
- Proposed Greenway Recreation Improvements - Part 2 (PDF)
- Proposed Greenway Recreation Improvements - Part 3 (PDF)
- Management Strategy (PDF)
- Cost Estimate (PDF)
- Funding Strategies (PDF)
- References and Potential Greenway Grant Sources (PDF)