Park portion of Legacy Trail to be paved |

Park portion of Legacy Trail to be paved

One more local government entity has signed off on paving the Truckee River Legacy Trail.

At a meeting Thursday, the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District board of supervisors agreed to allow the Town of Truckee to pave the first two phases of the Legacy Trail connecting the regional park to the sports park along the river.

Board members expressed concerns over the environmental ramifications of using asphalt as opposed to an alternative surface, but in the end with a 4-0 vote turned over the trail to the town for paving, maintenance and liability.

“I have not been in favor of paving the Legacy Trail; my contention was never not to have a paved trail, I just don’t think the Legacy Trail is the best alignment,” said Marshall Lewis, the board’s chairman. “However, what’s done is done. Hopefully some day we will be able to try a surface that doesn’t pollute and isn’t the eyesore of asphalt.”

The board voted to accept the town’s update to the Truckee Trails and Bikeways Master Plan, to specify that the trail should be no wider than it currently is inside the park, to release the easements for the trail to the town, and to have the town take over liability and maintenance for the trail, said District General Manager Steve Randall.

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