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Landscaping planned for Whittier Greenway Trail

WHITTIER — The city will use a $366,327 state grant to landscape its planned 1.29-mile extension of the Greenway Trail, a 4.5-mile bike and pedestrian path that currently runs from Pioneer Boulevard to Mills Avenue.

The landscaped area will be a planned extension from Mills Avenue east to Scott Avenue, Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said.

In a written report to the City Council July 14, Mendez said the landscaping will consist of drought-tolerant plants and trees with an irrigation system which will capture storm water runoff and return it to natural underground aquifers.

Work also will take place at the existing trail head at Mills Avenue.

The City Council formally accepted the grant from the Safe Drinking Water Bond Act (Proposition 84) of 2006, aimed at promoting water conservation, flood control and protection of natural resources.

Eventual plans are to extend the trail, using a former Union Pacific railroad track right-of-way, to the city’s eastern limits.