RENO — More than 28 miles of Washoe County’s trail system will receive much-needed maintenance thanks to a substantial Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program grant accepted by the Washoe Board of County Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting.
The $96,868 federal grant was awarded to Washoe County through the Nevada Division of State Parks to support projects along 17 trails located within 13 county parks. These projects are necessary to increase the life of existing trails, help prevent damage from erosion and provide a number of new information and directional signs.
Grant funds also will be used to purchase equipment to help with ongoing trail maintenance.
The county has a required match of $76,520, which will be met through the use of volunteers, in-kind staff time, and a $57,640 matching award for services from AmeriaCorp.
“As the public need for outdoor recreation increases, traditional funding sources are decreasing,” acting Regional Parks and Open Space Director Al Rogers said. “Grants that support the maintenance and upkeep of our facilities, coupled with the thousands of hours generously donated by community volunteers, have become an increasingly important part of our department’s mission to continue providing quality trails, parks and open space.”
Trails that will benefit from this grant include Galena Creek, Huffaker Hills, Jones Creek, Hidden Meadows, Thomas Creek and the Pioneer Trail in Manzanita Canyon, which was heavily damaged during the Caughlin Fire in December.
Also included are trail systems in Betsy Caughlin Donnelly Park, Davis Creek Regional Park, Dorostkar River Park and Hidden Valley Regional Park.
A free Regional Trails Guide is available from Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Opens Space as well as the Reno and Sparks Parks and Recreation Departments. For more information, call 823-6500 or visit www.washoecountyparks.com.