The Santa Fe River Greenway project is a joint effort between Santa Fe County and the City of Santa Fe to construct approximately 15 miles of continuous greenway of public parks and trails from downtown Santa Fe to the Wastewater Treatment Plant west of NM 599. When completed the County’s portion of the River Greenway will run from the current City limits at Frenchy’s Field to the Wastewater Treatment Plant west of NM 599, approximately eight miles.
The Greenway will revive the traditional use of the corridor as a transportation route and focus community members and visitors on the historical role of the Santa Fe River in connecting communities along the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro. Santa Fe County plans to construct a multi-use trail along the River, which will provide both recreational opportunities and an alternative transportation route. As part of the Greenway project, Santa Fe County is also restoring the River using natural materials and native plants to stabilize the channel and enhance the riparian habitat.
The Santa Fe Watershed Association is assisting the City and County in this process by watering and caring for numerous cottonwood saplings that have been planted between Frenchy’s Field and Siler Road. In 2020, volunteers helped inspect approximately 100 cottonwoods remaining from the previous season. These trees were watered by hand, and basins were re-built. During seven watering days dispersed throughout the growing season, forty volunteers spent a total of 92 hours! This is worth approximately $2,339.50 of donated time, not including donated water, water tanks, trucks, buckets. The volunteers also collected six bags of trash as a bonus! Refreshments were provided by the SFWA.
Volunteer work is so valuable to every community, especially during the pandemic. We are so grateful to them! If you’re interested in helping care for the trees next year, be sure to sign up for our mailing list, check social media, and email keely at santafewatershed dot org. Together, we can help make the Greenway project a reality for everyone to enjoy!