February 14, 2019 at 11:24 AM State Parks is closing both sides of the old 49er Bridge and the access road. The hillside is highly unstable and more rockfalls and mudslides are expected. Boulders and trees have come down, crushed the restrooms and the parking lot has experienced mud and rock slides. Save your own life and that of the first responders by staying out of the area. The hillside is highly unstable and more rockfalls and mudslides are expected.
The Supes approved funding for Placer's Hidden Falls Park Park study yesterday, but neighboring landowners of the expansion continue to speak out against Bell Road proposal. Placer County’s move to create a new public-access point to Hidden Falls Regional Park has $50,000 more in funding. (photo of existing parking area)
The funding was approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors on a 5-0 vote, with supervisors Jennifer Montgomery and Jim Holmes saying their “yes” votes didn’t mean the proposed entrance and parking lot on Bell Road was approved or met their approval.
Montgomery amplified her point by asking Parks Administrator Andy Fisher whether one of the alternatives in the study will be for no project. Fisher said that was the case, adding that the $50,000 would help come up with solutions for some of the problems the Bell Road access point could conceivably cause.
Both Montgomery and Holmes said increased traffic on the road caused by a new access is a concern.
“I support the motion but that doesn’t mean I support the project,” Holmes said. “Traffic analysis will be key. It’s one of my primary considerations.”
The new funding increases the amount in a consultant services agreement with AECOM Technical Services to $283,000 from $233,000. The county is exploring the possibility of an access point in the 5300-block of Bell Road in North Auburn as part of Hidden Falls trails expansion.
Opposition has been steady to the access-parking lot idea and public comment at Tuesday’s meeting on the funding increase reflected that concerns are continuing.
Jim Goddard, an Auburn, Placer resident for 42 years, said people who invested early in the Placer Legacy land preservation program “would be appalled with what’s going on. Two-thirds of the Hidden Falls visitors are from outside Placer County and “contribute nothing,” he said. “The choice is clear, support those who do not live in the county or support those who live in the county.”
Lloyd Harvego, a property owner near the park, said he wants the county to “sit down and talk with us. I’m a supporter of what you do but there are real complications on the road,” Harvego said.
To see the complete article in the Auburn Journal newspaper, CLICK HERE.
Report from the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area Superintendent's office:
The Bureau of Reclamation is completing construction improvements as part of its Safety of Dams program. They are doing reclamation safety work on Folsom Dam with these trail detours as a result.
Affected are Folsom Reservoir’s Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam and Dikes 1, 4, 5 and 6 in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.
The construction work will result in the temporary closure of the trail across the top of Dikes 4, 5 and 6 between Beals Point and Granite Bay through July 2019. Signs and maps will be posted at each end of the closure identifying the detour route.
For more information about the improvements, including maps, visit: https://usbr.gov/mp/sod/projects/folsom/
"In the Master Plan maps, staff highlighted the creation of the Donner Memorial Trail, which would go from Donner Lake to Kingvale, a trail closer to Rt. 80 primarily for mountain bikes so they could avoid the section where they aren’t allowed on the Western States / Tevis Cup trail, improving the Bear River campground..." - Report by KARYN WYETH (see below)
This from the Auburn Journal:
"Analysis has started on information and opinions collected over the past year — the raw materials for a plan to move Placer County parks and trails a future that could mean more pathways but also more pickle-ball courts, dog parks and lacrosse fields.
That plan — with an apparent key emphasis on trails and potential out-of-county trail connections — could be completed and ready for Board of Supervisors consideration by next winter.
Andy Fisher, county parks administrator, provided a status report Tuesday to the board, noting that Placer County already maintains 106 miles of trails on its own. Adding in other agencies with a parks component, Placer County has 35,000 of open space, more than 600 acres of active parks and 69 acres of beach.
Surveys, meetings and workshops over the past several months have helped provide the background to tailor what is being called the park, trail and open space master plan to public demands, Fisher said, “One of the main general takeaways is that trails are important for every type of user,” Fisher said. “They showed up prominently everywhere.”
Demand for those trails is high, leading to overcrowding. The master plan update will incorporate those considerations into its modeling, as well as a revised fee structure. "People agreed that there are good quality parks but room there from improvements,” Fisher said.
Fisher said that crowding at Hidden Falls Regional Park between Lincoln and Auburn was an area of concern and the update — with contractor Design Workshop Inc. assisting the parks division — will be examining that issue and others that the public and organizations have brought to the county’s attention. Better mapping of parks and communication with users were other areas that people thought could be improved, he said.
The original article and photos, CLICK HERE.
Report by Karen Wyeth:
Andy Fisher, Placer County Parks Administrator, presented the draft Master Parks and Trails Plan to the Placer County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 5, 2019. This Report submitted by Karen Wyeth, ret. Solano County planner, and who has served on the Boards of our local trails and open space organizations:
"Harry (Wyeth) and I went to the Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tues. re. Hidden Falls Expansion and the County Park, Trail and Open Space Master Plan. These items were an update by staff along with a request for additional funds to pay the consultant for environmental report preparation services for the Hidden Falls Expansion Project. The Draft Plan for Hidden Falls Expansion should be available for public review in May 2019. A decision is likely in September. The Draft Master Plan is expected to be released in May 2019. There was no anticipated approval date for that project.
The Board took comments from the public, which focused on concerns over the Hidden Falls Expansion. Impacts from traffic, the need for increased public safety personnel, and impacts on agricultural operations were the major concerns. These should be analyzed in the EIR.
In the Master Plan maps, staff highlighted the creation of the Donner Memorial Trail, which would go from Donner Lake to Kingvale, a trail closer to Rt. 80 primarily for mountain bikes so they could avoid the section where they aren’t allowed on the Western States / Tevis Cup trail, improving the Bear River campground, and upgrading the Dutch Flat pool, among other projects in the more developed areas of the county."
CLICK HERE to access the Placer County Plan's website.
From Paul Hart, Tahoe National Forest, Yuba River Ranger District, Trails Manager:
The U.S. Forest Service is currently working on completing their temporary hiring for the 2019 season (approx. May – October depending on funding). Our Trails Crew, located on the Tahoe National Forest’s Yuba River Ranger District, is currently looking for interested applicants. The duty station is in Camptonville, CA near Bullard Bar Reservoir.
We are responsible for nearly 500 miles of trail with mixed uses such as OHV, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking recreation across our District.
If you know of anyone who is interested they can create a profile at www.USAJobs.gov - upload a resume and prepare for our upcoming announcement. Usually our announcements are only open a short time so preparing beforehand can be very beneficial.
For additional information about the trail seasonal positions contact Paul Hart at 530-478-6253 ext 243
or email <email@example.com>
Guided Hike at Harvego Bear River Preserve
Have you wondered what birds are in your backyard? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology organizes an annual event that encourages people to discover their local birds and report it online as a massive, global "citizen science" project. We will do our part by looking for birds at Canyon View, a lovely Placer Land Trust Preserve on the edge of the North Fork of the American River Canyon near Auburn. All levels of experience are welcome. Space is limited and registration is required, so be sure to sign up! More details HERE.
Sunday, February 17, 9am
PLACER CO TRAILS AND PARKS PLAN DRAFT NOW COMPLETED FOR THE PLACER COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING FEB. 5
There has been confusion over whether trail users need to be in attendance at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Feb. 5. The County has confirmed that the Draft Plan of Master Trails and Parks, with maps, WILL be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, February 05, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
County Administrative Center, 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603
YES, YOU ARE NEEDED FOR HIDDEN FALLS
No, this meeting is not where the Plan will receive its final approval, BUT, a first formal presentation to the BOS. There will always be some homeowners opposed to any public park or trails close to them, so if the trail-using public isn't there to tell the Board of the use and enjoyment of public parks and trails and of their support of the Plan presented...well, you can see what might happen.
See all trails maps here:
Draft Plan here:
Here is the COMPLETE AGENDA:
10:45 a.m. A. Update | Countywide Park, Trail and Open Space Master Plan
1. Receive an update on the progress of the Placer County Park, Trail, and Open Space Master Plan and provide feedback on key principles and proposed capital improvement program.
SAVE HIDDEN FALLS EXPANSION
Hidden Falls is the crown jewel of all Placer County Parks and a priority in the Plan for expansion. All trail users are supportive of this expansion of trails and parking (reservation only) on the north side. Included with the new parking area will be the same reservation parking system that has been so successful in relieving congestion at the Mears Place parking. By spreading the parking and expanding the reservation system, all citizens and trail users will be better served.
Updates to the Plan will be accessed HERE.
Andy Fisher - Placer County