OCWD Dedicates Six Acres to Anaheim Coves Bike Trail Northern Expansion
Orange County Water District (OCWD; the District) Directors Jordan Brandman, who serves Anaheim, and Kelly E. Rowe celebrated the grand opening of the Anaheim Coves Bike Trail Northern Expansion with representatives from the city of Anaheim, county of Orange, Southern California Edison, and a host of community members.
The 1-mile expansion of the Anaheim Coves trail and the new Explorer’s Cove playground enhance the nature park and enlarge it to 25 acres.
The District, Southern California Edison and the Orange County Flood Control District all approved parcels of their land to be dedicated to the expansion. OCWD was proud to provide the city of Anaheim access to 14 acres of open space for Anaheim Coves and an additional 6 acres for the Northern Expansion for a total of 20 acres.
“It is a great example of what can be accomplished when private business, local government and public agencies come together to maximize resources and implement much needed community projects,” said Director Brandman.
Without compromising water recharge, OCWD worked diligently to devise a way to allow its property to also serve an important need for open space and recreation in Anaheim.
OCWD has dedicated more than 1,100 acres of land for environmental preservation and invested millions of dollars for conservation. In addition, OCWD has dedicated more than 200 acres of its lands for public trails and recreation.
The Anaheim Coves Bike Trail Northern Expansion is located west of OCWD’s Five Coves Basin and includes 11 acres of native landscape. It connects Lincoln Avenue to Frontera Street with a 1-mile bike path (in addition to the existing 1.5-mile bike path) and a parallel soft decomposed granite riding and hiking trail, a children’s playground and nature garden area near Frontera Street, interpretive signage, and amenities such as outdoor exercise equipment, drinking fountains, benches, trash cans, and dog waste stations. This $1.7 million expansion was funded by grants from Caltrans and the California Natural Resources Agency.
OCWD is committed to ensuring that the public will continue to be able to enjoy open space in Orange County for years to come.