FOUNTAIN VALLEY : Hidden Nature Trail Due for Big Repairs

Surrounded by homes and all but hidden by a stand of eucalyptus trees is one of the city's least-known assets: a nature trail. "It's a wonderful, earthy secret garden," said Susan Lynn, environmental programs manager.

The trail runs through an area off Newland Street behind Rhoads and Sigmond circles in the Greenbrook tract that was intentionally left undeveloped in the 1970s. However, it has not been tended recently and is in need of about $200,000 in improvements. Heavy rains last winter washed soil from the hillside and eroded the trail, making it impassable.

The City Council tonight will consider approving a city application for state parks money to help pay for repairs and upgrades. About $40,000 could come from the state Habitat Conservation Fund Grant Program, administered by the state Department of Parks and Recreation.

If the city applies for and receives the grant, Lynn said, it will contribute an equal amount to the project, which could begin next summer.

The council meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 10200 Slater Ave. Information: (714) 965-4400.

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