Humboldt County – Caltrans recently completed the first Clean California funded project in the state in Manila, a historically underserved community on the Humboldt County coast. The project is made possible through Governor Gavin Newsom's Clean California initiative, a sweeping $1.1 billion, multiyear clean-up effort led by Caltrans to remove trash, create thousands of jobs and engage communities to transform public spaces.
In this Caltrans News Flash, see the transformation and learn more about how the Vance Avenue Parklet and Clean California are benefiting this small community on the North Coast.
The $75,000 project created a recreational area along the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge with picnic tables, benches for wildlife viewing, native plant beds, designated parking spots, decorative trash receptacles, a bike rack and an improved view from nearby State Route 255. The parklet will also discourage illegal dumping and add a sense of community pride to a previously desolate area.
This project is among 126 Clean California beautification projects worth $312 million designed to transform communities and create connectivity along the state highway system. Additionally, in March, Governor Newsom announced 105 Clean California projects statewide funded by nearly $300 million in Clean California local grants to remove litter and transform public spaces in underserved communities. Collectively, these projects are expected to generate 7,200 jobs.