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Mar 19, 2013 5:27 PM by Ellina Abovian, KSBY News

Community gives input on river trail plans

Plans are underway for a series of trails along the Salinas River in northern San Luis Obispo County. The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments has been working on a master plan for the project for the last year. The master plan will connect existing trails with future ones, creating one long, braided trail.

Geiska Velasquez, a planner for the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments said the design will help north county towns build future trails. "We're doing kind of the heavy lifting at the front end of the process so it will be easy for them to build smaller segments," said Velasquez.

Before any new trails are built, Velasquez said they are relying on community members to help them design the plan.

On Monday night, the city of Atascadero hosted an open workshop. The workshops are intended for the community to give their input on anything related to the trails. Community members got to suggest alignment plans and discuss different trail options. Budget and environmental issues were also on the agenda.

Bob Kelley, Atascadero City Councilman said he would specifically like to see studies on the impact this will have on animals along the trail.

The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments encourages all community members to speak out. Locals can attend these workshops or contact the council directly for any kind of feedback.

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