The Path to Stronger Communities: Vacaville's Rocky Hill Trail and the Value of Community Collaboration

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Monday, September 25, 2017
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Vacaville's REACH Youth Coalition, a program of the Vacaville Police Department's Youth Services Section, is dedicated to increasing youth involvement in civic life.  The Youth Coalition surveyed middle school youth and identified the Rocky Hill Trail, known as the 'ghetto trail', as a top improvement priority.  This informal trail, on abandoned railroad r.o.w. owned by multiple agencies, connected vital uses in a lower-income neighborhood. Youth developed the vision for the trail as the City began the General Plan Update.  REACH members mobilized, attended every meeting, provided comments, and advocated to overcome occasional staff opposition, using the planning process as a vehicle for action.  City staff learned to encourage community involvement and to communicate with young community members often left out of decisions.In August 2015, the General Plan was adopted, including the Rocky Hill Trail.  REACH members participated in budget hearings and, in December 2016, inaugurated the paved Rocky Hill Trail, the first phase in achieving their vision.  Collaboration between the REACH Youth Coalition members, staff, city and county officials, and citizens allowed the vision of the Rocky Hill Trail to flourish.  A community working together led to improvement and official recognition of this


Fred Buderi

Fred Buderi is City Planner for the City of Vacaville, overseeing the Community Development Department's Advanced Planning Division. The division completed the City's General Plan Update and Energy & Conservation Action Strategy (ECAS - the City's Climate Action Plan) in late 2015 and is now overseeing the implementation of ... Read More

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