The costs of operating and maintaining a pathway like CV Link are far less than operating large parks or public facilities like a library, which come with significant staff costs. Still, to have companies step up with financial support speaks volumes not just about their commitment to CV Link but to giving back to the Coachella Valley.
The CV Link Conceptual Master Plan identified 22 ways to fund the operations and maintenance costs, which included public and private funding sources. One of those options outlined a concept for a donation program where an individual or private organization could “adopt” a section of CV Link and where “adopters would commit private funds and/or volunteer hours in exchange for recognition.” The first 2.3 miles of CV Link – spanning from Vista Chino Road in Palm Springs to Ramon Road in Cathedral City – officially opened on February 23, 2018. The segment was built under a 2015 cooperative agreement between CVAG and the City of Cathedral City, where the City had agreed to cover the operational costs of the first segment until the project was accepted by CVAG and incorporated into the rest of CV Link. As construction neared completion, Vincent Battaglia, founder and CEO of Renova Energy, presented CVAG and the City with an offer to “adopt” the first segment of CV Link and cover operational costs for the next three years. Renova has partnered with the non-profit, Desert Arc, to provide their disabled clients the opportunity to work and help maintain CV Link with clean-ups and graffitti removal. Below is a clip from KESQ News Channel 3 that covered the first clean-up of CV Link with Renova and Desert Arc.
If you or your company is interested in adopting a segment of CV Link, please contact us here.
New program aims to fund maintenance, upkeep of CV Link