You may remember my post awhile ago about the playground construction at Cedar-Rose Park. A trip by there this weekend showed definite progress. It’s not done yet, and the turtle has not yet been re-installed, but the structure of the play equipment is there. Appearing closer to completion is the multi-use pathway along a portion of the Santa Fe right-of-way stretching from Delaware Street to University Avenue. The current section of the path that has been paved ends up at Berkeley Montessori School, which resides in what was one the Berkeley train depot for the Santa Fe Railroad.
Much of the rest of the right-of-way, which used to be the route of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, is currently fenced off. Various proposals have been made for a continuous path along the right-of-way, from the Ohlone Greenway in the north through to Sacramento and Oregon streets in the south. All of this takes time and money, though. In the mean time, it will be interesting to observe this section of the trail, especially at the University end. Will students use the trail to walk or ride their bikes to school? Will traffic on University be affected by the crossing? (University is a thoroughfare to the freeway, and is regularly backed up with traffic to the site of this crossing.) After I had spent some time on the path with no one else in sight for some time and was walking back and pondering these questions, I was suddenly passed by a cyclist who seemed like he had used this route many times in the past even though it had just been built.