The City of Sacramento Department of Public Works invites community members, walkers, runners, cyclists and neighbors to the Del Rio Trail public information meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pony Express Elementary School (1250 56th Ave.) in the multipurpose room.

Technical experts from the project team will be available to talk one-on-one with members of the community about their questions and comments related to the Del Rio Trail Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). No formal presentation is planned but the community is invited to drop by when it’s convenient. The Draft EIR will be on hand for the public to review and submit comments.

“This Environmental Impact Report is another significant step to building this trail,” said City of Sacramento Councilmember Jay Schenirer. “It will be a huge community amenity to the Land Park, South Land Park and South Sacramento neighborhoods and the entire city, connecting the south area to Downtown and the American River Bike Trail.”

The EIR is a significant milestone for the Del Rio Trail project. Since the last public meeting in fall 2017, the project team has met with numerous neighborhood organizations and local committees to discuss the project. Simultaneously, the project team has prepared a Draft EIR for environmental clearance.

After public circulation is complete, the project team will respond to comments and fi­nalize the EIR. The ­final document is expected to be presented to the Sacramento City Council for ­final approval in early spring 2019.

If the project is approved, it will proceed to the ­final design phase. Meanwhile, the project team will also continue working to obtain construction grant funding. Pending the availability of construction funds, all or part of the project could break ground as early as 2020.

The proposed 4.8-mile Del Rio Trail will run south through Meadowview, South Land Park, Freeport Manor, Z’Berg, Land Park and Pocket neighborhoods between Interstate 5 and Freeport Boulevard. The Del Rio Trail is an inner-city trail that will allow cyclists, pedestrians, runners, and dog walkers to travel for miles to access schools, parks, retail centers, and jobs. It provides the potential for recreation amenities and will serve as an alternative commute route for people to bike to work rather than drive.

Visit cityofsacramento.org/DelRioTrail for more information or call 916-491-3161.