Open House Planned To Showcase Proposed Dollar Creek Shared Use Trail

Placer County, working in partnership with the California Tahoe Conservancy and North Tahoe Public Utility District (NTPUD), is hosting an informational open house regarding the proposed Dollar Creek Shared-Use Trail.

Residents and others interested are encouraged to attend, receive information, and share their thoughts regarding the trail. The open house will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and show maps of the proposed route.

The proposed trail would be located in Placer County, primarily within the Conservancy and NTPUD-owned properties, between the intersection of Dollar Drive and State Route 28 and the end of Fulton Crescent Road.

“This trail will be a great asset to the North Shore communities providing healthy choices for mobility and helping fulfill recreation goals of the Conservancy and transportation plans of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA),” said Peter Kraatz, Deputy Director of Placer County’s Public Works Department. TRPA’s longtime vision for transportation in the Basin is to enhance and encourage non-motorized modes of travel resulting in relying less on using the personal automobile. Peter further states that, “this planning vision is contained in the 2010 Lake Tahoe Region Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan with the overarching goal of establishing a world-class bicycle and pedestrian community at Lake Tahoe, and this project clearly contributes to that goal.”

The separated trail would extend the existing north shore bicycle trail network, and would link residential uses to jobs, schools, shopping and recreation and community areas. It would extend the exiting Tahoe City to Dollar Point trail through public lands commonly known as the Dollar and Firestone properties. The project would enhance both recreation and transportation opportunities by extending existing paved trail network in the Tahoe City area, including TCPUD’s 10-mile Class 1 trail from Tahoe City to Sugar Pine Point State Park and the trail along the Truckee River. A trailhead parking facility near Dollar Point and SR 28 may also be included for trail users.

The project schedule proposes to complete preliminary engineering and environmental permitting by June 2012, followed by construction in 2013, pending funding availability.