With an agreement now in hand, Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) and volunteers will move forward this spring to expand an existing trail on county property that will connect North Bloomfield road, the county library and government offices to the popular Hirschman Trail.
On March 11, Nevada County Supervisors unanimously adopted a Resolution approving a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Bear Yuba Land Trust to provide project coordination, repair and expansion of an existing non-motorized trail
The new expanded trail will start at the sidewalk on Maidu Avenue, run parallel along Highway 49, past the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility to the driveway at Cement Hill Road adjacent to the trail to Hirschman’s Pond.
“I think it’s a very easy low cost win-win kind of project,” said Bear Yuba Land Trust Board Member Brent Fraser.
A Nevada City resident, Fraser is an avid runner and bicyclist who regularly uses the Hirschman Trail. From his house, Fraser uses a number of small trail segments to access the Hirschman Trail. An existing trail in front of the county jail was overgrown and incomplete on either end.
“That’s kind of the missing link right there,” he said. Fraser and fellow Land Trust board member Terry Hundemer approached the county about six months ago with the trail proposal. Hundemer is an active bicyclist, too, and sits on the board of Bicyclists of Nevada County (BONC), a group that has shown interest in the Cement Hill Trail expansion.
Currently, a county trail that starts at North Bloomfield, ends abruptly at Maidu Avenue forcing pedestrians and cyclists to walk through a sea of county parking lot to get to the Hirschman Trail.
“That’s not the most appealing way to travel if you’re walking or cycling or jogging,” said BYLT’s Trails Coordinator Bill Haire. Nevada County employs hundreds of people who will benefit from the new connectivity.
“It’s recreation right outside their door at work,” Fraser said. Bear Yuba Land Trust will begin work on the trail this spring using volunteer labor. No Funding is required and there is no impact on the General Fund. The trail will be maintained by the County and is expected to take two weeks to two months to build. “We’re somewhat at the mercy of the weather and how many people show up,” Haire said.
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—By Laura Brown, Bear Yuba Land Trust; photo from BYLT