Regional trail system in Grass Valley takes small step forward | TheUnion.com

Regional trail system in Grass Valley takes small step forward

Teresa Yinmeng Liu
Staff Writer
Litton Trial in Grass Valley Tuesday morning. The trail is one of the several early projects embraced by the Bear Yuba Land Trust.
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A proposed project to create a multi-use, non-motorized trail along Wolf Creek, which has long been a part of the Grass Valley General Plan, is returning to the city with a more detailed plan.

The Bear Yuba Land Trust has located a 5-acre vacant land at the intersection of Sutton Way and Idaho Maryland Road where the trail hub will be built. The “hub” will serve as a congregation point for a regional trail system that runs along Wolf Creek and extends into downtown, the Brunswick area, and over to Banner Mountain.

Vice Mayor Howard Levine said the project is a collaboration between the land trust and the city. It has been a part of the city general plan since the 1960s.

“Part of the Wolf Creek Trail Master Plan is a little over-achieving,” said Levine. “We take it incrementally and try to do what we can along Wolf Creek in order to create a corridor over time.”

The Wolf Creek Parkway Alignment Study and Conceptual Master Plan calls for a 2.2-mile-trail from the eastern area of Grass Valley at Sutton Way, through the downtown area, and to Glenn Jones Park on Allison Ranch Road.

The project was estimated to cost $14 million.

Due to its central location, the Wolf Creek parkway is viewed as a key component to the regional trail system.

“One of the most friendly areas to place the trail is along the creek, and we happen to have a creek that transverses the city of Grass Valley,” Levine said.

The property the land trust is looking at has Wolf Creek running through it, he added.

The staff at the nonprofit is trying to determine the market value of the property. The $2,500 appraisal cost is being divided among the land trust, the city and Wolf Creek Community Alliance.

During the July 12 meeting, council members unanimously approved the allocation of $1,000 toward the appraisal.

Levine said no development is planned at this time.

“What we are looking at is incremental development of that trail, we are not looking to build the whole trail at once,” he said.

Levine said trails are part of the city’s general plan, and offer recreational and transportation opportunities.

“Trails are generally good for your community,” he said. “They keep people off the roads.”

Levine said the Wolf Creek Parkway Alignment Study and Conceptual Master Plan is outdated and details of the plan could be revised as the project moves along.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email tliu@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4236.


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