First phase of River Legacy Trail nearly complete |

First phase of River Legacy Trail nearly complete

The first phase of the Truckee River Legacy Trail, which runs from the Truckee River Regional Park to the pedestrian bridge located on East River Street, is almost completed and may be open to the public before snowfall, according to project organizers.

“The trail has been rough cut from the regional park to the (pedestrian) bridge. It’s there, visible and walkable,” said Marshall Lewis, vice president of the Truckee River Legacy Foundation. “It’s just not open to the public yet.”

The multi-use trail still needs grading, paving in certain sections, a guard rail system in three small sections and the addition of a gravel surface on the rest of the trail. The gravel surface will be a mixture of recycled, ground-up asphalt, concrete and rock.

Ground-breaking for phase one of the trail began in mid-May with volunteer work days.

Various local contractors have volunteered to take on different segments of the trail, and according to Lewis, have been instrumental in moving ahead with the project.

“We’ve had tremendous contributions from the contractors,” Lewis said. “We’re just hoping they’ll still have time to help out but we understand they are at the height of their construction season.”

The Truckee River Legacy Foundation was an idea that came from the Truckee Rotary Club, who found they were able to do more for the community than in the past and began looking for more long-term projects.

The club hopes to bring a legacy to the Truckee Community by developing a series of multi-use trail along the Truckee River.

The long-term goal is that the trails will eventually connect Glenshire, Donner Lake, Northstar, Highway 89, West Lake Tahoe and North Lake Tahoe.

The trails are designed for biking, jogging, walking and for simply enjoying being near the river and in the outdoors. They are also wheelchair accessible.

For the past week, the River Legacy Foundation has been preparing a revegetation plan for planing trees, plants and grass seeds along the trail by the river for Truckee River Day, which will be held on October 10.

The construction for the next phase of the trail from the pedestrian bridge to Glenshire will probably not begin for two years, said Lewis.

The foundation is currently working with various local agencies to gets permits and clear up concerns with crossing wetlands and getting around the 267 Bypass.

“Just like phase one, our goal is to do it right,” Lewis said. “We want to cover all the bases before we start shoveling dirt.”

The next major fund-raiser for the trail is the Rotary’s Cadillac Ball, which last year raised over $20,000 for the project. Raffle tickets for the November 6 ball can be purchased from any Rotarian for $100.

Gold Rush Subaru and Subaru of America contributed the grand prize for this year’s Cadillac Ball -a 2000 Subaru..

“They supported the Cadillac Ball because funds from it have been used and will be used to support the River Legacy Project,” Rotary President Frank Bulkley said. “The car will be a well-equipped 2000 Subaru Legacy.”

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