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Continuing the Legacy

Greyson Howard
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Emma Garrard/Sierra SunShelley Harris helps Mariana Jimenez, 11, plant a wild rose on a berm next to the Legacy Trail during Truckee Trails Day Sunday morning. The Legacy Trail should be extended to Glenshire by 2008.

The next section of the Legacy Trail, connecting Riverview Sports Park and Glenshire, is scheduled for completion in 2008.

With two sections of the trail from the Truckee River Regional Park to the sports park complete, phase 3 to Glenshire is now being surveyed for environmental and archeological impact.

“The archeological survey is being conducted because there are a lot of cultural resources along the river,” said Leigh Fitzpatrick, the executive director of the Truckee Trails Foundation. “We will need final approval from the Lahontan Water Board.”

Fitzpatrick said the new section could be completed in late 2007, but would more likely be finished in early 2008.

Connecting Glenshire with the Legacy Trail will be an important part of the plan, as well as an important part of providing alternative transportation opportunities in Truckee, Fitzpatrick said.

“If people who live in Glenshire want to ride their bikes, they need to ride on Glenshire Drive,” Fitzpatrick said. “Even though the town re-striped the road, parents still won’t want their kids on it. It’s such an important step for kids and families.”

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Future phases of the trail will connect Regional Park with Highway 89 south (Phase 4), and Highway 89 to Donner Lake (Phase 5). Both phases are in planning, with no specific date for completion.

“Sections four and five could come a couple of years after section three (connecting Glenshire), and five will have to come about as a part of Planned Community one,” Fitzpatrick said.

Planned Community one is the Teichert subdivision at the base of Coldstream Canyon.

Meanwhile, the first section of the Legacy Trail is paved, and the second is decomposed granite, said Fitzpatrick, but an update to the Town of Truckee Trails and Bikeways Master Plan may call for the entire Legacy Trail to be paved.

The Town of Truckee has applied for a $304,828 grant with the State Parks Recreation Trails Program. If approved, that funding would be used specifically for paving the phase two section, said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.

The grant would also be used for construction of a singletrack for mountain bikers and equestrians, which would parallel the trail .

If the master plan update does not include paving currently unpaved sections, the funding would either be declined or used for another trail-related project, Lashbrook said. But in either case, the Legacy Trail will be important to the town’s trail network, he said.

“This trail is the critical spine for the whole system,” Lashbrook said.

Phase 1: From Truckee River Regional Park to the East River Street Footbridge. (Complete)

Phase 2: From East River Street to the ice dams and the Riverview Sports Park. (Complete)

Phase 3: From the ice dams to the Glenshire entrance. (Complete by 2008)

Phase 4: From the Truckee River Regional Park to the Mousehole at Highway 89 south. (No completion date)

Phase 5: From the Mousehole to Donner Lake. (No completion date)