Huge effort for Truckee River Legacy Trail |

Huge effort for Truckee River Legacy Trail

From left, Brent Collinson, Greg McDougall, Max Collinson (10 years old), Father Stanley Poltorak and Joe Aguera work on the far east end of this phase of the Legacy Trail.

Staff reports

The Truckee River Legacy Trail’s march eastward got a big push recently from more than 90 volunteers wielding shovels, picks and sledgehammers.

The all-volunteer crew descended on the banks of the Truckee River on Saturday and in two hours erected more than 10,000 feet of silt and construction fence, marking the path of the Truckee River Legacy Trail.

The sun was shining through cloudless skies, as the work crews labored by the rushing Truckee River. Some shoveled, raising puffs of dust on the windless day, while others paced the groups with the rhythmic cadence of fence post hammering.

The turnout represented a varied spectrum of the Truckee community, as Boy Scouts, town staff, rotary members and Truckee locals all came out to join in the effort.

The organizers were stunned by the strong showing that abbreviated a four-hour job into two hours.

“People really got the word out,” said Kathleen Eagan, coordinator for the event. “We knocked it out in two hours … unbelievable.”

The second segment of the trail, which will be completed over the summer, stretches from the Truckee Sanitary District pedestrian bridge east to the Truckee Sports Park. It will cross land owned by the sanitary district, Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency and Caltrans, all of which have provided easements for the trail.

The construction fencing put up on Saturday provides the southern border that contractors will follow in building the trail this summer, while the riverside fencing will prevent silt runoff that could cloud the river.

“I couldn’t believe what seemed like miles of fence went up in a couple of hours,” said Jerry Gilmore, president of the Truckee Sanitary District. “It’s amazing what a group of people with a common goal can do in a short period of time.”

The goal of the three-phase Legacy Trial is to create pedestrian access from Donner Lake to Glenshire. The third and last phase will run east from the Truckee Regional Park to Donner Lake.

The completed trail will be 14 feet wide, with paved and unpaved portions running parallel to accommodate equestrians, cyclists and pedestrians.

At the barbecue following the trail work, volunteers all had smiles on their faces and marveled at the number of people that showed up to do the work.

“I think it shows what the people up here think of the place we live,” said Gilmore.

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