Council authorizes Susan River Trail project grant application

The Susanville City Council approved a resolution Wednesday, Dec. 16 authorizing staff to apply for the Susan River Trail project under the California Department of Parks and Recreation Statewide Parks Grant.

“The city council has to pass a resolution for us to apply for the Statewide Parks Grant,” City Administrator/Chief of Police Kevin Jones said Wednesday.

The Susan River Trails project application is different than the city’s application to the same grant for Memorial Park.

“Under the Statewide Parks/Proposition 68 funding, we will be applying for another grant for the Susan River Trail/park. The purpose is to enhance the safety and access to the Susan River Trail as well as the Susan River. The application intends to revive the Class 1 pedestrian and biking trail and surrounding water access points to make it a safe place for community members of all ages to enjoy,” read the staff report.

“Important elements of this project will include, but not limited to; complete asphalt replacement, solar lighting along the trail, clearing of overgrown landscapes, property acquisition adjacent to the Little League Park, and improve site lines and river access points at various sections of the Susan River Trail, parking improvements near the community garden and Little League Park, among many ideas,” the report continued.

The city council unanimously approved the resolution, which allows the city to apply for the grant. The matter will return to the city council for further input.