Tuesday, October 31, 2006

New Regional Park Opens

On Sunday a new park opened in Placer County.

An excerpt.

221-acre regional park opens
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
Sunday, October 29, 2006 11:19 PM PST

Placer County's new Hidden Falls Regional Park - which features seven miles of trails suitable for hiking, running, biking and horseback riding - will open to the public following 3 p.m. ceremonies today.

In addition to the more vigorous activities on the seven miles of trails, park visitors will be able to enjoy fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing, photography and other passive recreational pursuits. A paved, accessible trail is also available, which begins near the parking lot.

Community members are encouraged by the county to attend the opening ceremonies, joining a celebratory hike that begins right afterward. The park is located at 7587 Mears Place, north of Mt. Vernon Road between Auburn and Lincoln.

Ground was broken on improvements to the 221-acre park site in July, which included construction of a paved access road, 50-space paved parking lot, equestrian staging area, utilities, restrooms and a 60-foot emergency-access bridge over Deadman Canyon Creek.

Hidden Falls Regional Park was acquired under the Placer Legacy Open Space and Agricultural Conservation Program for wilderness recreation and habitat protection. Outstanding natural features include Coon Creek and Deadman Canyon Creek, groves of blue oak woodlands and a year-round waterfall, 20-30 foot high.