and Parks on the Horizon
July , 2008
By John Evanoff
Within another decade and hopefully by 2020 at
the most, Reno will have almost all the trails and parks in the
Truckee Meadows connected to the Truckee River Corridor. That is
the plan at least. I served on several committees while with Truckee
Meadows Tomorrow http://www.truckeemeadowstomorrow.org/
between 1999 and 2005, one of which I was extremely interested in
for the sake of countless future generations. The Open Space and
Greenways Plan http://www.cityofreno.com/Index.aspx?page=1027
was a result of interested parties and communities all around the
area getting together and finding ways to fit the pieces together.
Staff at the Parks and Recreation Department, Planning Department
and several other departments of the City of Reno, US Forest Service
and BLM, initiated open forums to acquire ideas from these interested
folks from the community. About a dozen of us were some of the first
to initiate a call for committing to a plan to secure trail rights
and park cohesiveness within the boundaries of the entire valley.
That group eventually grew to over a hundred individuals and many
talented people came together and began the research to conduct
surveys to build a project that could be added to the master plan
for the entire Truckee Meadows. This plan, still being drawn up,
but close to being partially implemented, will assure everyone in
Reno and Sparks a well maintained and enjoyable way to walk or bike
from the outskirts of every corner of the valley to the Truckee
River Greenbelt trail which will extend from west of Verdi at Crystal
Peak Park all the way to Vista at the east end of Sparks. Some of
the trails already exist and it is the intention of these folks
to further assemble that dream.
There are also plans to include trails from Galena
Creek on Mount Rose, the Tahoe Rim Trail, Washoe Lake and Pleasant
Valley, Steamboat and Virginia Foothills, Peavine, Dog Valley and
all the North Valleys. This ambitious part of the plan will take
decades to complete, but the interest is there, especially from
the biking community. If you only have a little time, take some
of it and look through the website links I included in this article.
They will give you a better idea of what to look forward to and
how to get involved.
This is also an opportunity for those of you who
are looking for trails to construct and be part of how parks and
greenbelt areas are shaped in the community. One of the tasks I
was most interested in is how to build wildlife bridges and tunnels
around, over and through high traffic areas such as Highway 80 and
McCarran Blvd so migrating herds of wild animals are assured of
easy access. These wildlife corridors reduce road kill and have
been successful in many instances. We can build trails and wildlife
corridors without invasive tactics and at the same time be free
to move around in our vehicles without destroying flora and fauna.
I was also interested in making sure the trails were wide enough
to support wheelchairs, three wheeled bicycles, mountain bikes and
trekkers all at the same time. This would insure whole access so
people of all capabilities would be able to enjoy the sites and
sounds of our wonderful Northern Nevada. Another important part
of the equation was maintenance. We knew trash and dumping might
be a problem in rural areas, so we added neighborhood committees
that would support trail clean up and maintenance days. Some of
the trails, including the many ditch and creek trails in the vicinity
already are in need of repair and many need rebuilt altogether.
A support group much like the Tahoe Rim Trail would be necessary
to make sure that task was taken care of so trails remain safe and
well maintained through the years. These steps are small considering
we would be saving the rare spectacles of our valley and enriching
ourselves and many generations after us with exercise and social
I know I rarely move away from stories of Northern
Nevada and the people who made this area wonderful, but this is
a chance for you to be part of future stories by some other writer
who might want to find out the responsible parties for making the
Truckee Meadows one of the most trail and park friendly regions
in the world. Take a look at the sites and download the Resource
and Opportunity Map included in the City of Reno site I attached.
If nothing else, you will have another map to add to your collection
for future walks and rides. Next time, I’ll write a little
about some of my past rides and walks on a few of these trails.
Good trekking to you and yours.