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On the right path

The Board of Directors of the Truckee Tahoe Sanitation Agency made a decision at their Wednesday morning meeting that truly favors the greater interest of our community.

The board authorized conceptual approval of the preferred path for the third phase of the Truckee River Legacy Trail. The board also directed its staff to work in collaboration with the Legacy Trail Foundation, Town of Truckee and Truckee Recreation and Park District to draft an easement agreement for the portion of the trail that passes through the sanitation agency’s property along the river.

These decisions move the completion of this vital phase of the trail system one step closer to reality.

The third phase of the trail, in the preferred plan, runs along the south side of the river and connects Glenshire to the existing trail near the Riverview Sports Park. Once completed, Phase 3 will fill a huge need for connecting one of our major neighborhoods to the heart of the Truckee community.

The Legacy Trail project is an ongoing, phased, community trail project begun eight years ago by the Truckee Noon Rotary in an attempt to give a lasting gift to future generations and honor the Truckee River by making it accessible while preserving and protecting it.

This project has been designated by the Truckee River Legacy Foundation, Truckee Recreation and Park District, Truckee Trails Foundation and the Town of Truckee to be of high interest and priority.

We agree.

A trail system connecting the major points of our town is something that benefits everyone.

At the same time, the sanitation agency board members spoke clearly about their desire to maintain a buffer between the trail and the plant, protect the interests of the agencies they serve and maintain a high level of security and safety for plant staff and trail users.

We respect that.

Taking time to work through the details of the easement will ultimately make the project a win-win for all parties involved. We applaud the Truckee Tahoe Sanitation Agency board on this community-minded decision and look forward to the day when we can safely ride a bike, walk or run from one end of Truckee to the other.