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$1 million Wildomar project would add to planned countywide trails network

By in Press Enterprise on August 29, 2017

By Michael Williams

Hiking — or riding a horse — all the way from the Temecula Valley Wine Country to the Santa Ana River Valley and points beyond. All safely on a dedicated trail.

That vision could get a little closer to materializing Wednesday, Aug. 30, when the Wildomar City Council considers awarding a contract to build a trail section through town.

City administrators recommend the council award a $1.08 million contract to Leonida Builders to construct a 3.7-mile long trail that would stretch along Grand Avenue. The trail would run from Clinton Keith Road on the south side of town to Wildomar’s northern border at Corydon Road.

The 8-foot-wide decomposed granite path, which would be separated from the road by a fence, would include the installation of a pedestrian bridge over a flood control channel north of Gruwell Street.

“Our community has a long history of planning for trail amenities for outdoor use, including (on) horseback,” Assistant City Manager Dan York said in an email response. “This project brings the planning efforts to reality.”

The northern end would connect with a section of Riverside County’s proposed Butterfield Overland Trail, a system following the old stagecoach route by the same name.

The Butterfield trail would proceed north on Grand Avenue and arc east to Temescal Valley, where it would proceed north through Corona and connect with the Santa Ana River Trail.

“That piece in Wildomar is a nice connector between the two projects,” said Chief of Staff Jeff Greene of County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries’ office. Greene was one of the leaders in the effort to design Butterfield, which includes multiple connection possibilities.

“Our hope is everybody can connect with everybody else,” Green said. “The idea is to have a network that includes as many regional trails as possible. That (Wildomar section) should be useful.”

The Grand Avenue segment also is identified as […]    

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