A grass-roots neighborhood organization, Neighbors for Santiago Creek Bike Trail, was formed to further the goal of a bike path in the “Missing Link” along Santiago Creek. This Missing Link is a 1/4-mile gap located in the Santiago Creek, between the 5 Freeway underpass and Flower Street. The City of Santa Ana does not currently have a bike trail proposed in the Missing Link. Too bad since the Missing Link will provide ready access to neighbors to adjoining trails throughout the County. We want open space and the ability to connect to these outlying bike trails, shopping centers (the Main Place Mall, the City Place, the Discovery Science Center which just announced a $62 million dollar expansion, the Nature Center in Santiago Park, etc., etc.) and communities either by biking, jogging or hiking.
The Missing Link will join Santa Ana to the County’s regional bike trails and link together four neighborhoods (West Floral Park, Floral Park, Jack Fisher Park, Morrison Park), to the neighborhoods near Santiago Park (separated by the 5 Freeway) along the Creek which have been divided because of the 5 Freeway. The improvements were funded by several sources including but not limited to: Federal and State grants, Prop 1B, and OC Parks. We anticipate that this will be the source of funding for the improvements to the Missing Link.
We want a trail in keeping with the character of the Creek. - no concrete - like the one in Santiago Park (see above picture of the path in Santiago Park.)
The opponents of the trail have been very vocal. We need this trail to happen! They were able to convince the City to consider closing off this section of the Creek! The City had commissioned a study for that purpose! The study results are in and fencing off the area is NOT AN OPTION! Now lets focus on the completion of this trail. The trail in Santiago Creek could turn out to be one of the City’s greatest assets connecting us to the rest of the County!