City of Ventura logoConstruction has begun on the Ventura River Trail Improvements Project (VRTIP), a rails-to-trails amenity originally constructed in the late 1990s. The project, funded by a Caltrans Clean California grant of nearly $5 million, will revitalize approximately 1.8 miles of this highly used corridor.

The City of Ventura, joined by local elected officials, staff, and community groups, gathered on Thursday, May 2, 2024, for an official groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of this long-awaited project.

“This initiative is an example of our dedication to sustainability, recreation, and fostering connections within our community,” said Mayor Joe Schroeder. “By prioritizing a greener, healthier, and more accessible environment, we are actively working towards improving the well-being of our residents.”

Key components of the project include repaving the trail, implementing a comprehensive wayfinding and signage program, improving accessibility at crucial points, installing solar lighting, and introducing various beautification and urban greening elements.

The VRTIP represents a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to enhance Ventura’s active transportation, provide more infrastructure geared toward pedestrians and cyclists, and connect communities more healthily and sustainably.

The project is estimated to be completed by fall 2024. Learn more at