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Truckee Rotary donates funds for Legacy Trail

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Born out of an idea from the Rotary Club of Truckee, the Legacy Trail has evolved into an emerging backbone for the town’s trail system.

“In essence the club said we have a lot of capacity, and it would be great to think about a long-term project,” said Kathleen Eagan with the Rotary Club. “We came up with a trail along the river to be the club’s legacy to the community.”

The Truckee River Legacy Foundation was formed as a nonprofit to focus on the project in 1996, said Lisa Wallace, president of the foundation. It envisioned the trails as a dirt walking path.

Last year, the Town of Truckee updated its Trails and Bikeways Master Plan, and decided to pave the trail, with unpaved parallels.

“It took us a while to figure out after the update what our role would be,” Wallace said. “We decided to continue our support for the soft-surface part of the trail, and cooperate with the town for the entire trail.”

This year, the Rotary Club of Truckee put up $17,200 to help fund the trail.

Wallace said the funding will be flexible. It can be used for planning, permitting, or construction of the dirt paths that will complement the paved portion.

That flexibility from funding raised by private groups helps the town as well, said Truckee Public Works Director Dan Wilkins, compared to state and federal grants with specific restrictions.

But the town and foundation still have a ways to go to fully fund what will be six miles of trail connecting Glenshire to Donner Lake, Wilkins said.

While planning efforts could be completed by 2009 for the section that would connect Glenshire to central Truckee, the estimated $4 million needed to build it hasn’t yet been found, Wilkins said.

“We don’t want anybody to have the misconception that we are definitely building in 2009,” he said.

This year the town will be paving the section from the regional park to the Riverview Sports Park, Wilkins said, adding to the paved portion through the regional park.

The last two sections will connect through the Hilltop development above downtown, to the Mousehole undercrossing of Highway 89 South, through the planned Coldstream development, and to Donner Lake, Wilkins said.

“Those phases are currently opportunity driven,” Wilkins said. “When a development project gets approved we can ask them to build that part of the trail.”