The Cambria Land Trust, or Greenspace, announced Monday a $225,000 gift from an anonymous donor, which will allow the nonprofit group to pay off its mortgage on the 1.6-acre â€œCreekside Reserveâ€? in the East Village of Cambria within 15 months.
Greenspace needed $300,000 to own the property outright and make necessary improvements. They had planned to raise that money through a Capital Campaign this winter, and this gift already puts them just $75,000 away from their goal.
â€œThis gift makes it possible for us to move forward much more quickly in making the improvements needed so that we can open the property to the public,â€? Greenspace President Wayne Attoe said in a press release.
As additional funding becomes available, Greenspace hopes to implement a long list of improvements on the creekside property. Current plans include a trail leading from Center Street to Santa Rosa Creek that will help people enjoy the natural attributes of the property, a lookout platform above the creek, and a nursery and greenhouse to support Greenspace work in propagating disease-resistant Monterey pine seedlings and other native plants. The land trust would also like to restore the historical Chinese â€œtempleâ€? near Center Street and move it to a permanent site 150 feet south.
A local nonprofit organization since 1988, Greenspace has a mission to protect and enhance the ecology of the Central Coast through land acquisition and management, public education, and advocacy. Â³