Bellevue Creek Trail - Background
After soliciting public input, the 4.74-mile long Bellevue Creek Trail was identified as a project in the 2010 County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and in the City of Rohnert Park General Plan.
The trail will be located along the existing Bellevue - Wilfred Channel owned by the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA), on properties owned by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (SCAPOSD), Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District property, and across State Highway 101. A pedestrian/bicycle bridge is needed to cross above Highway 101.
The trail project would provide a safe east – west route for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel between Stony Point Road and Petaluma Hill Road which are major north-south road arterials serving bicyclists.
Additionally, the trail will expand the non-motorized transportation network by providing connections to the proposed Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail, SMART (Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit) Trail, and Hinebaugh Creek Trail.
The project is not fully funded. Park Mitigation Fee funding is proposed as seed money for initial planning work and leveraging matching funds from other grant programs such as transportation grant programs. Additional funding for public trail easement acquisition, environmental work, permits, design and engineering, and construction will be needed in future years.
The estimated project costs are divided into multiple phases:
- Phase 1 estimated cost: $1,300,000
- Phase 2 estimated cost: $1,000,000
- Phase 3 estimated cost: $1,000,000