Carr Lake | Salinas
Big Sur Land Trust owns 73 acres within the area known as Carr Lake in Salinas, California. The Carr Lake Basin is an approximately 480-acre seasonally dry lakebed in the heart of the city. For decades, the community has envisioned transforming Carr Lake into a "central park." With our acquisition of this land at Carr Lake, we've taken the initial step towards transforming this property into an asset for the community that will help address the lack of parks and open space. Big Sur Land Trust is especially excited to be working with residents, community groups and city leaders to co-create a multi-benefit central park that reflects the heart and soul of Salinas. The project has currently been designed to a 30% level through this robust community engagement process that incorporated ideas and needs of the local community. Our Development Review Application has been submitted and is now under review by City of Salinas staff.
In addition to addressing community needs for open space and parklands, the Land Trust's Carr Lake project will seek to provide multiple environmental benefits including ecological restoration, water quality improvement and flood control. Big Sur Land Trust does not intend to be the long-term property owner and will work with the City of Salinas and community to create a mechanism for eventual public ownership.