Arboretum Trail

Trail Route

The Saddleback Arboretum Trail will promote a pedestrian-oriented academic environment, balancing the car-centric campus by enhancing outdoor circulation and socialization of the Saddleback Community. This is a map of the suggested area.

Native and water-wise landscaping will provide a naturally shaded environment to reduce our carbon footprint and heat-island effect, reducing campus energy costs, and be an example of a sustainable college campus, while creating jobs and internships for Saddleback students and graduates. You can be part of this project by making a donation.

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WALKING & BIKING TRAIL

PARALLEL PATHS

for cyclists, runners, walkers, prams, skateboards, tricycles

6 Ft. wide PEDESTRIAN TRAIL

Suggested material: Decomposed Granite @ $10 per lineal foot of trail

  • Sustainable
  • Available
  • Affordable

6 Ft. wide BIKING TRAIL

Suggested Material: Permeable Concrete Paving @ $36 per lineal foot of trail

  • No puddles
  • Sustainable
  • Wide variety available

Estimated cost per linear foot of parallel walking/biking trail, including curbs: $42

Click here for information about the suggested plants to be used

California Native Shade Trees, Xeric And Water-Wise Landscape Plantings

Open Trail

 

PROPOSAL POINTS

  • Accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists
    • Reduce automobile traffic & create a pedestrian –oriented academic environment
  • Create a Student-centric learning environment
    • Outdoor classrooms for faculty and student enrichment
  • New focus on healthy outdoor circulation and socialization area for students faculty and staff
    • An Opportunity for easy, free fitness on campus!
  • Reduce urban 'heat island' effect: create shaded trails, reducing microclimate temperatures during summer, stabilize temperatures in winter, yielding electricity savings.
    • One study estimates that the heat island effect is responsible for 5–10% of peak electricity demand for cooling buildings in cities.
    • Shaded surfaces may be 20–45°f (11–25°c) cooler than the peak temperatures of unshaded materials.
    • Trees and vegetation lower surface and air temperatures and can help reduce peak summer temperatures by 2–9°f (1–5°c).
    • Trees and vegetation are most useful as a mitigation strategy when planted in strategic locations around buildings or to shade pavement in parking lots and on streets.
    • Source: epa website
  • Offset carbon footprint and more
    • Reduce energy use
    • Improve air quality and lower greenhouse gas emissions
    • Enhance storm water management and water quality
    • Reduce pavement maintenance - tree shade can slow deterioration of street pavement, decreasing the amount of maintenance needed.
    • Improve quality of life
    • Source: epa website
  • Trees clean the air: increased oxygen from native and low-water-use plants and trees
    • Trees absorb co2 during their growth process
  • Re-create Saddleback to balance the car-centric campus with academic pedestrian environment

  • To serve the community and provide an example of a sustainable college campus