Nevada City lands $200,000 trail grant |

Nevada City lands $200,000 trail grant

Grant money could pour into Nevada City as soon as three months from now to finance the wheelchair accessible Hirschman’s Trail.

Once in hand, the $195,360 grant will be used to build a 2.5-mile trail linking Cement Hill Road to Hirschman’s Pond and the Indian Trails subdivision. Trestles similar to those used for mining-era flumes will cross ravines that break up the trail.

Volunteers have spent the last couple of weekends clearing a rough path that ambles down to the historic man-made pond built as part of a hydraulic mining operation more than a century ago.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7, the city and Nevada County Land Trust will hold tours and a trail dedication ceremony in recognition of National Trails Day.

“We were hoping we’d have something to celebrate,” said Bill Haire, trails coordinator for the Nevada County Land Trust. Haire brought the community project idea forward to the city about a year ago.

“Bill and the land trust really initiated this and did a lot of work to make it come to life,” said Dawn Zydonis, parks and recreation coordinator for the city.

Project organizers envision the path connecting to the Pioneer Trail on Highway 20 in the future, creating an off-road alternative from Nevada City to the Grouse Ridge nonmotorized recreation area.

The Federal Highways Administration is the funding source for the project administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation through the Recreational Trails Program.

Nevada City and the Land Trust are required to provide matching funds in the total combined amount of $26,640.

The project will include a parking lot and brush clearing to reduce wildfire hazards and improve views.

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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