Arana Gulch Master Plan
Working with the City of Santa Cruz, RRM Design Group led a team of trail planning and design specialists in the development of the Broadway-Brommer Bicycle/Pedestrian Pathway. This pathway provides bicycle commuters improved access and a direct east-west route from Live Oak and other unincorporated communities into the city of Santa Cruz via a Class I facility. The connection crosses the 55-acre Arana Gulch Open Space, completing a link between existing Class II bike lane facilities and enriching the city’s bicycle network. Challenges included designing a 360-foot bicycle/pedestrian bridge, sensitively locating the pathway around Santa Cruz Tar Plant populations (an endangered species), and looking for creative design solutions for the site’s varied topography. RRM provided project management, multiuse trail design, civil engineering, landscape architecture, surveying, and permitting assistance.