Dog park eyed for donated property |

Dog park eyed for donated property

Western Nevada County doesn’t have a dog park, but that could change.

Al Salter, an 81-year-old dog lover who died in October, bequeathed 36 acres on Bitney Springs Road near Mystic Mine to the Nevada County Land Trust.

The land trust hopes to get a $99,000 state grant to pay for the first phase of the park, including building two miles of trails and a 20-car gravel parking lot.

Eventually, “we picture quite a few trails going there, and lots of room to jog and walk and take the pet out there,” said land trust President Ron Mathes.

Developing the park will take several years, Mathes said.

“We’re just going to go forward very carefully and make sure the neighbors have no problems … and their property rights are respected,” he said.

The land trust asked Nevada County supervisors to endorse their grant request. The supervisors will consider the request Tuesday.

Supervisor Elizabeth Martin of Penn Valley wrote her fellow supervisors urging them to support the land trust’s grant request.

“The park will provide safe walking or jogging trails for residents and their dogs at a location that is just miles from downtown Grass Valley,” Martin wrote. “Often local residents’ only option … is to walk or jog along narrow (roadways) with the incumbent hazards from fast-moving cars and exhaust fumes.”

Salter and his foster brother, Clinton F. Lee, purchased ranch property on Bitney Springs Road and later operated the Bitney Corner Cafe, serving hamburgers and chili to many Grass Valley Group employees during the 1960s and ’70s.

In his will, Salter asked that the park be named after him and his foster brother, who had died earlier.

The land trust applied for grant funds provided by Prop. 12 which California voters approved in 2000.

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