A boardwalk-like path along the Salinas River is among the ways Paso Robles’ leaders would like the natural resource incorporated into a plan to reshape the city.
The river, which bisects Paso Robles and runs parallel to Highway 101, is one aspect of the Uptown/Town Centre Specific Plan — a visionary outline of changes to neighborhoods, commercial use areas, roads and other elements on the city’s west side.
A draft of the $1.5 million, five-chapter document paid for by the city’s Redevelopment Fund was made public in summer 2009.
The discussion at a meeting this week married the river plan with a 2003 grant-funded master plan called Follow the River-Follow the Dream.
“It is hoped that over time, the visual quality of the area will improve and the river becomes a destination or amenity rather than a forgotten feature of our community,” said Community Development Director Ron Whisenand.