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Buy a brick to benefit Truckee River Legacy Trail

Lara Mullin, Sierra Sun

After five years of planning, environmental impact studies and labor, Phase I of the multi-phase Truckee River Legacy Trail is complete.

The trail, comprised of compacted native soil, will provide a multi-use access system from Donner Lake to Glenshire when completed.

Truckee Rotary, which is spearheading the massive trail project, is selling bricks that will become part of the trail, leaving a family or company name along the path for generations to come. Selling bricks will not only pay for the ongoing maintenance of the trail, but will also personalize the path for local residents.

Bricks will mark the beginning of the trail, which is located by the footbridge that crosses the Truckee river. Currently 30 bricks have been sold, and Rotary members are optimistic about the sales.

“This is really a community-based idea. The bricks are affordable so families can buy them,” said Chairman of the Phase I project Marshall Lewis.

An initial order of 300 bricks is needed before any pieces will be laid, and Lewis is hoping sales will reach several thousand. Local mailings were distributed this week regarding the ‘buy a brick program’ and thus far purchases have been individual-based rather than corporate buys.

Prices for the bricks are as follows: individual bricks are $35, two bricks are $70, three bricks are $100 and more than three bricks are $30 apiece. Each brick comes with one engraved line accommodating up to 15 characters. Additional lines (up to three) are $10 per line. Larger corporate or group bricks are also available for sale.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Sept. 6 to unveil the first bricks, though sales will continue throughout the stages of the trail building.

Funds are in place for Phase II construction, named the Split Rock Phase, and work will begin next summer. Completion of this section of the trail, which will extend from Regional Park to Glenshire, is slated for approximately three years.

“We are hoping to complete the trail from the Regional Park to Glenshire in a timely fashion to provide access to those trail systems. From Regional Park westward to Donner Lake will probably take a lot longer,” added Lewis.

The land outlined for Phase III construction, the final piece that would connect Donner Lake to Regional Park, lies on several pieces of private property and the sewage treatment plant. Land use considerations and property rights are both issues that will involve lengthy negotiations before any work begins. Completion of this part of the trail is not expected in the near future.

“We like to call it the 100 year plan,” laughed Lewis.

For information, call Truckee River Legacy Foundation at (530) 582-6100.


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