River Revelers Counted
In July 2016, Coastal Watershed Council completed its second year of the ongoing Riverwalk Usage Study: the one and only park usage study for the Santa Cruz Riverwalk.
Since August 2014, CWC staff and volunteers have collected 184 surveys and counted 14,892 people total at the Highway 1 bridge, San Lorenzo Park and Trestle Bridge. Volunteers observe and record demographic information of the people they count and the activity they were partaking in.
We learned that over the past two years that 96% of people seen on the Riverwalk were participating in positive activity and that walking, biking, running and dog walking were the most popular pasttimes along the river. From year one to year two we saw a decrease in the average people per survey overall but an increase in seniors and increase in average people per survey in fall and summer.
Check out the full report here to learn more about how our community uses the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Then head down to the Riverwalk to see for yourself. You may even get counted by one of our study volunteers.