The Environmental Committee works to protect the watershed and to educate the public on forestry issues, erosion control, hazardous waste, recycling, and other issues. We also monitor government policies and procedures.
PG&E is a high priority for the Environmental Committee due to its massive and destructive felling of trees to prevent wildfires when unsafe, unreliable, antiquated equipment is the fundamental cause of the fires. From working on legislation and a new Franchise Agreement for PG&E in the County to in-depth research and analysis to support work with agencies affecting PG&E and helping folks protect their trees from PG&E’s contractors, this keeps the group busy. We work with a State-wide Utility Wildfire Prevention Taskforce on these issues.
Your help is needed.
Visit https://endpowerlinefires.com for more information.
River & Road Clean Up
with Save Our Shores
Annual Environmental Town Hall
Felton Community Hall
First Saturday of the month
Second Saturday if the first Saturday is a holiday weekend.
10:30 am at VWC Office at Highlands Park Senior Center
On Zoom and in-person. Email for Zoom info.
Meetings are open to the public.
Call 338-6578 or email for information.
September 28, 2023
To the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Cruz County Parks Commission
RE: Locating a Pump Track in the Historic Felton Covered Bridge Park
Good afternoon all,
First, we would like to thank Parks and the project team for the noticeable differences between the most recent public meeting and the first. We’ve been able to review the slides in more detail and after also reading the articles that have come out concerning the location of the proposed pump track, we would like to voice a few of the Valley Women’s Club’s concerns and ideas.
Ideally, it be better to consider alternative locations in Felton for the pump track. Other locations on public land that do not have the flooding, restroom, parking, traffic safety, and nuisance issues we previously discussed with you on September 20th. SLVUSD property and the overgrown back lot area of the Felton County Corp Yard between Hihn and Plateau are two great locations that would have few to none of the same concerns as the Covered Bridge Park. We respectfully request that these options are more thoughtfully considered before being rejected.
Ideally, the Felton and broader SLV community would have been invited to participate in a brainstorm or workshop session regarding how to update the underutilized active use area of the Felton Covered Bridge Park currently taken up by an unmaintained volleyball court, that are more aligned with the Felton Town Plan and Covered Bridge Park Master Plan. We previously sent you a list compiled by the community of alternative ideas, there are several (exercise equipment and pickleball especially) that would have the wholehearted support of the VWC. It is not too late to start fresh with this outreach.
But assuming these two things don’t happen, or that they do happen and a pump track at Felton Covered Bridge Park is still the result, we have some design and other suggestions to help the project better align with the Town and Park plans, as well as be more palatable to the other half (or more) of Felton residents who are not interested in a pump track there.
This Park is public space designed and built by the people and for the people of Felton and the San Lorenzo Valley as a visually beautiful public open space for peaceful enjoyment of a protected and nationally registered Historic Landmark. Please listen to your constituents and do your best to keep it that way while seeking to provide enjoyable physical activity opportunities for our youth.
Alisan Andrews, President
Valley Women’s Club