Planners approve parkway concept |

Planners approve parkway concept

Transforming Wolf Creek into a greenbelt parkway that runs through parts of Grass Valley could cost as much as $14 million, according to an initial proposal considered Tuesday night by the Planning Commission.

The Wolf Creek Parkway plan for Grass Valley’s 2.2 miles of historic stream was endorsed by the city’s Planning Commission. Supporters welcomed the action but were quick to add that it will be years before it can be completed.

The vote amounts to a recommendation to the City Council to pursue the project. But for those at the meeting who have been working on the matter for more than the last year, it was an initial triumph.

“There’s a lot of people in this town who want to incorporate physical activity into the course of their day,” said Rick Sanger. “It’s time to embrace Wolf Creek as an asset. Right now, it’s a gutter that runs through our backyard.”

Burt Spangler, who has lived along the stream behind Mill Street for 27 years, had a much different tact.

“I don’t want people walking up and down my backyard,” he said, even if a cantilevered walkway is attached to the opposite side of the creek along the Golden Center Freeway behind his home.

Spangler said parkway users would drive off the blue heron, possum, wild turkeys and raccoons that frequent his yard, and he worried the project might bring more crime and vandalism to the area.


To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@the or call 477-4237.

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