Parkway 1e11 project to announce official name tonight

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The first public workshop about a proposed trail connecting Coachella Valley cities will be held tonight in Palm Springs.

The meeting for the Parkway 1e11 project is at 5:30 p.m. at the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership, 3111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way. The 52-mile parkway is meant to be used by pedestrians, bicyclists and small electric vehicles such as golf carts.

Attendees can meet one-on-one with project managers, ask questions and give feedback. They will also be among the first to hear about the parkway's new name, according to Palm Springs city spokeswoman Amy Blaisdell.

The trail will go along the Whitewater River from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea, using existing parts of paved trail. Some sections will need engineering and analysis that may take up to a decade, according to the Coachella Valley Association of Governments.

The trail will provide about $1.5 billion in economic benefits and will create about 700 permanent jobs. It will help relieve congestion on Highway 111, improve air quality, help tourism and give people a way to exercise, according to CVAG.

More than $47 million in funding has been secured for the project, which is projected to cost around $70 million. The funding is from sources including the state Strategic Growth Council, South Coast Air Quality Management District, CVAG and Desert Healthcare District, according to CVAG.

For more information on the trail, go to www.cvag.org.

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