Could an Enormous, Central Park Bridge a City’s Divides?

For Decades, Salinas Has Wanted to Transform a Drained Lake Into Badly Needed Public Space

Carr Lake 1 Rachel T. Saunders

In the heart of the city of Salinas sits a nearly 500-acre property known as Carr Lake. While the city’s general plan refers to it as “parkland,” Carr Lake is neither a lake nor a park. It’s farmland, under cultivation in a heavily urbanized setting. But that’s not to say the property could never live up to its parkland designation.

Indeed, the idea of turning Carr Lake into a major centerpiece park for Salinas goes back decades. If that were to come to pass, it would be an opportunity to …

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