I met with Carson City Parks and Recreation staff on Wednesday, April 2, to discuss building trails on the west-side of Carson City. I informed them that the Forest Service liked our proposal to build a trail connecting Kings Canyon to Ash Canyon, but weren’t ready at this time to commit to approving it, yet. But they would like to set up a field trip during the summer to walk the trail alignment with me.
What’s the City’s position regarding west-side trails? Our current economic problems are effecting everyone, Parks and Rec included. They’re having trouble funding on-going projects and are in no position to start another project without a funding source. What I was told is that if we can’t show the Board of Supervisors we have the funds to build and maintain a trail, we can’t present the project to them. At least that’s the way I interpreted it.
In order to get a trail built we need one of two things to happen. One, our economy turns around and the city is flush with cash to spend. Or two, we raise the money ourselves. Neither option looks promising. Trying to raise money for a trail when everybody is feeling the squeeze will be a tough sell. And I think it will be some time before our economic situation changes.
It looks like this will be a long slow process. But I’m not giving up, because a network of trails on the west-side of Carson is something I strongly believe in.
There is some good news though. Parks & Rec were offered a Sweco (trail building machine) to demo from State Parks. I may have convinced them to use the Sweco to construct a new entrance to the Ash Creek Trail and mitigate the user-created trail that is in use now.