Ukiah Valley Trail Group

Orr Creek Greenway

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The Orr Creek Greenway Community Action Team (OGCAT) is a group of concerned citizens and organizations working to improve the quality of life and health of our community by developing a Linear Park along Orr Creek. The Ukiah Valley Trail Group (UVTG) with funding from the Rose Foundation is leading the initial efforts.

We envision a healthy and verdant Orr Creek at the center of a linear park from Low Gap Park to the Russian River. A linear park with:

  • A class 1 multi use path for recreation and transportation
  • The path will provide an east/west corridor for non-motorized transportation
  • Benches, picnic tables and occasional play structures along the path
  • Interpretative signage regarding the Riparian ecosystem
  • An underpass below Highway 101 to allow non-vehicle access to the Ukiah Ball fields
  • Creek access spots for children to learn and play

Goals:

  • To provide a pleasant, safe place for all ages to recreate by walking, running, biking and enjoying nature.
  • To provide a commuter route for non-motorized travel.
  • To provide Ukiah students with Safe Route to School(s).
  • To provide a wildlife corridor.
  • To enhance and protect open space and the health of Orr Creek.
  • To connect our community to nature.
  • To decrease undesirable and damaging uses, including garbage dumping and illegal camping.

 

Why Orr Creek:

  • Orr Creek reaches almost across the Ukiah Valley floor from East to West.
  • The corridor is virtually flat.
  • The open corridor will provide an opportunity to create a pathway that people of all ages and abilities can use.
  • The trail will be easier to build and maintain.
  • Much of the corridor is public land (City of Ukiah, County or Ukiah Unified School District.)
  • Most of the creek has not been built up next to its banks.
  • There is space for a pathway within, or next to, the riparian corridor.
  • The creek is lined by large trees. This creates shade, which is very important for non motorized commuting during the warmer months.
  • Connectivity:

The corridor is close to downtown.

  • It will connect with the rail and other trails in the Ukiah Valley.
  • It connects commercial areas, residential areas, recreational areas, schools and county offices.
  • This is an opportunity to preserve and enhance Orr Creek as a wildlife and watershed resource.
  • Orr Creek is home to steelhead trout as well as other native fish, amphibians, mammals, birds and invertebrates.

Partners:

Ukiah Valley Trail Group

Sanhedrin Chapter CA Native Plant Society

Rural Community Housing District

City of Ukiah

Walk & Bike Mendocino