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Local Community Inaugurates Trail Restoration Project in Santa Ynez | Local News

Restoration of walking trails along North Refugio Road in Santa Ynez is officially underway after community members and local leaders gathered at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School on Tuesday to kick off the first phase of the project with groundbreaking ceremony.

The multi-phase Refugio Road Trail Restoration Project, which ultimately aims to connect N. Refugio Road to Highway 246 at Baseline Avenue in Santa Ynez, will begin with building trails on both sides of Refugio Road heading north from the high school at Samantha Drive.

The plan is proposed to connect Santa Ynez neighborhoods to schools and recreation opportunities while creating safer buffer zones.






County Supervisor Joan Hartmann speaks to community members at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Refugio Highway Trail Restoration Project held Tuesday in front of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in Santa Ynez.


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Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade co-founder and president Abe Powell discusses trail restoration plans along Refugio Road in Santa Ynez during the groundbreaking ceremony held Tuesday morning.





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Lisa André covers lifestyle and local news for Santa Ynez Valley News and Lompoc Record, editions of the Santa Maria Times.