Leadership Santa Maria Valley’s Class of 2019 opened up a new walking path and open space Thursday after months of working on the project.
The group broke ground on the empty lot on a section of Carmel Lane. They developed 1,300 feet of a trail path called the Legacy Community Trail. The project cost $25,000 and took over six months to complete.
Leadership Santa Maria Valley hopes this encourages community members to help out with the next step of the space, which is creating a garden.
“You’ve got a community that is really ready to stretch its legs. We’ve given them now four football fields worth of linear feet to walk. We laid the groundwork for future development,” said Joshua D. Scroggin, Leadership Santa Maria Class of 2019.
Leadership Santa Maria Valley is a program designed to help create future leaders within the community. More than 330 graduates are working with local organizations involved within government, service, non-profit and business sectors to hone in on their skills.