"We need your comments to help convince the Placer County Board of Supervisors to approve approximately 30 miles of new trails and improved trail access and parking for Hidden Falls. The Placer County board of Supervisors will soon be voting on the Hidden Falls Trail Expansion Project and your voice needs to be heard to make it happen. Without your voice, it may not happen.
Approval of the plan for the trails is vital to families, hikers, runners, equestrians, and bikers and will improve the health of trail users, reduce parking issues, and reduce impact on the most used trails. Expanding the Hidden Falls trail network will be a priceless asset to Placer County, preserving the rural landscape for our children, and our children’s children for generations to come.
This is a rare opportunity for all of us, please take a few minutes to comment. The comments can be as simple as voicing your support and adding why it is important to you, your family, and your community. Let's make this happen!
The expansion project will need a large showing of support from the community as there is a very vocal, small minority trying to squash the expansion. 7 million dollars of our Placer County taxpayer dollars have been spent on the park, and 80,000 to 100,000 people use it yearly. There is a 3 million dollar grant to pay for the expansion. The opposition wants to keep the area to themselves and are not compromising, they want only docent-led access to the expansion (~100 people a year) which is the current status. We (ALL of us) paid for this park, the expansion has been in public planning for 15 years, compromises to the opposition have been made. It's time to provide to the people of Placer County, what has been built and paid for.
Email Your Voice here.
To see the original article at Placer Land Trust page, CLICK HERE.
Be Heard in Person
Speak at the Board of Supervisors Special Session
Yep! The Hidden Falls Expansion gets a special session.
3 PM Monday March 8th at the
Community Development Resource Center (CDRC)
3091 County Center Drive
or you can call in or Zoom, info here.
The supervisors want to hear from their constituents. Be heard!
Progress and What is Happening
The proposal has passed the Placer County Planning Commission with compromises to the neighborhood residents who oppose any expansion. The plan compromised to the residents on every one of their issues, but the local residents are not compromising in return and are just saying no. As taxpayers, all of us have paid into the 12-15 million dollars to make this project happen, we have also paid for the roads and services in the area. Hidden Falls is for all residents and not just to be a backyard for local residents. That is why we need your voice, as they are contacting their supervisor, telling them their singular view.
The projected scope of the plan has been reduced to better fit local concerns and economics. Parking lots have been reduced in the project but 30 miles of new trails are still in! Let's voice our support for more trails!
The Placer Parks Commission has approved the plan in an 8-0 vote.
The recent Town Hall discussions by County panelists confirmed three facts of particular importance:
- Fire officials explained their satisfaction with the fire safety plans for both the full project and the reduced project
- Traffic engineers explained how the project met acceptable standards for roads and traffic
- County staff indicated that the traffic that would have been generated by build out of current zoning of the expansion area, if it had not been preserved, would be greater than traffic generated by the Trail Expansion project.