City Of Reno Open Space Update

Last Thursday eveining (July 26) there was an input meeting and update on the City of Reno’s Greenways and Open Space Plan.  The city staff has proposed the following for implementaion for council approval.

 1) a full time staff person to be hired in the coming months to head up the City of Reno’s Open Space Plan

2) $200k allocated for initial seeding money for the program

3) the money may go towards maintenance of trails/paths, acquisition of open space, open space projects and seed or matching $ for grants.

City staff was there to see if there was a consensus on how to spend or allocate the initial funding.  Their were as many ideas and proposals as persons, but one consensus eventually surfaced. The intial money should NOT go to the mainteenace of existing trails but for something that will be new and tangible (ie a purchase of property, a new trail, etc.).

It was stressed that trail maintence is a very important component to the open space plan and should be included in future budgets of the G.O.S. Plan. 

If approved, this person will be coordinating trail and open space projects between the cities, county, USFS, BLM, private and volunteer groups.  As well as looking for money, grants and matches for these projects.

The City staff will be presenting the above recommendation for approval to the City Council in the near future.

It would be appropriate at the time to send and email or speak at council in favor and support of these recommendations to get the GOS Plan up and going.

 Will let know when this meeting is scheduled and how you can give input  – Dale

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FWD: Reno Open Space Input

The City of Reno is seeking input this Thursday on the implementation of the Open Space Plan.  If you are interested the meeting info is below:

Dear Stakeholders,

On behalf on Terry Zeller, City of Reno Park Development Planner, please see the attached agenda for discussion on use of approved funding for the City of Reno Open Space & Greenways Plan.  Your continued interest and anticipated attendance at the Thursday, July 26, 2007 meeting at the California Building in Idlewild Park, 1000 Whitmore Lane, Reno, 6:30 p.m. is appreciated.

Sincerely,

City of Reno

Parks, Recreation and Community Services Administration Office

190 E. Liberty Street Reno  NV  89501

Phone: (775) 334-6265

Fax: (775) 321-8399

Thursday, July 26, 2007

6:30 p.m.

California Building in Idlewild Park

1000  Whitmore Lane, Reno NV 89509

1. Introductions2. Transition of OSGW Plan Management from Community Development Department to
Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department
3. Discussion and Use of FY08 CIP Funding – $200,000

a. Maintenance – Open Space

b. Repair/Renovation – Existing Trails

c. Future Land and Trail Acquisition

d. Other Uses

4. Adjourn

 

 

 

FYI: Hawken Fire Trail Closures

Hawkin FirePress Release Date: 07/17/2007

Press Release No. 0707171

Washoe County Parks announces trail closures due to Hawken Fire
Reno, Nevada. Washoe County’s Department of Regional Parks and Open Space announced today that the following trails have been closed to the public as a safety precaution for the duration of the Hawken Fire.For their safety, the public is prohibited from using these trails until further notice:Hunter Creek
Whites Creek
Thomas Creek
Jones Creek/Whites Creek Loop Trail from Galena Creek Regional Park
Ophir Trail from Davis Creek Regional ParkFor more information about trail closures, http://www.co.washoe.nv.us/index/wildfire.html

media may contact Mt. Rose District Manager Wayne Keysor at (775) 220-8388.

Fire Photo by Battlmnkey

No ride or trail work this week

Due to the mid week holiday and extremely hot temperatures forecasted, there will be NO formal ride or trail work this Thursday July 5.

We are still awaiting word from the Head park ranger at RSF for the ok to work on the downhill trail.  I will be gone on vacation next week, so look for a posting by Randy Meyer or Michael Henderson for next week’s Thursday evening plans.


Have a happy fourth!

-Dale

Browns Creek Trail Work Thanks

Last Thursday we wrapped up the finish work on three turns on the Brown’s Creek Trail.  A big thanks goes to

Kristi Andresen
Steve Cleek
Paul Girard
Michael Henderson
Juni Henderson

Joe Hoffman
Dan Oakley
Eric Robinson
Randy Meyer
Dale Beesmer

for 75 hours of trail work over 5 evenings and one work day!

The Browns Creek trail has also has been pushed over the ridge and now connects to the Hippy Shack Trail at the bottom of the Browns Creek drainage in St James Village.  Give it a go the next time you are in the area.

Thanks again for helping the Washoe County Parks Department to complete this trail segment and for providing a new trail experience in our area.