A meeting took place on Sundial Park to discuss the possible creation of a new Public Access Park in the Spring Gut Valley and attended by Commissioner of Agriculture, Carlos Robles, Senate Majority Leader, Neville James and Alma Winkfield, Vice-President of the Spring Gardens Homes Association, #3 in Tulipan Welcome. Commissioner Robles provided information regarding an application process that could provide technical support from the NPS, RTCA or River, Trails and Conservation Assistance. This application required that the Park Project be expanded into a larger project with a comprehensive plan. It would also require the bringing together of many unfinished shovel ready projects and establishing a wide base of support from government, local leaders and residents. It was this meeting that would set in motion the bringing together of like minded people together that launched the greater Pathways, Trails and Parks across St. Croix.
The opening of the Sundial Park in Tulipan Welcome through the Urban and Community Forestry Grant process was such an over whelming success it motived this planning group to look at other options in the Spring Gut Valley that could be deeded to the Dept. of Agriculture and maintained for Public Access Park and Conservation for future generations. The concept plan included a connecting trail to Sundial Park, hillside trails and varied amenities that could essentially become the green space for the Federal Highway Project along the Spring Gut Road (includes a separate walking/biking pathway) and create a site close to many communities via trail links into Gallows Bay and Historical Christiansted Town and beyond. The vision would create safe walking/biking locations as well improving walkability and connectivity while promoting nature and leisure opportunities for all.