Friday, January 30, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Nature trail faces new fate

Trail1w

Dave Rodden carries 6-month-old Rilo as Jenna watches over 3-year-old Finley on Thursday afternoon on the nature trail near Northstar Park. Dave's father Robb helped plant along the trail when it was built in the 1990s. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

By
From page A1 | December 20, 2013 |

Is it rebirth? Or destruction?

Davis resident Karen Froyland stood Thursday on what she considers the original “deer trail” of the Northstar Nature Trail in the Northstar interior greenbelt. Residents say it was established in the early 1990s.

Under her feet were off-white pulverized granite pebbles and dirt, and above her stood a rust-colored metal arbor. Native trees, grasses and plants punctuate the path, but there is something else going on.

City landscapers are making new paths, piling up dirt that, to her, ruins the whole point of having irrigation by drainage down the gentle slope that leads to the path. New trails are too wide, seem to run through native grasses at some point and will kill trees, she said.

The wind blew fiercely, but Froyland and others’ criticism of what is happening at the nature trail is no less cold.

“They are ripping it up,” she said. “That’s what our question is: Why are they ripping it up?”

City of Davis parks manager Dave Lucksheider said the city is not “ripping it up,” but embarking on small-scale rehabilitation of buried trails, a slow project that is in the midst of being done. Why, look at the brochure map at the trailhead — the one city parks officials took down to use as their blueprint for what should be done.

“We’ll get a new map posted soon,” he said.

Davis resident Penny Anderson wrote a letter to the editor of The Enterprise saying she is puzzled why the city is bothering with the trail when it took out half the garbage cans and seems to do less park maintenance.

“We really felt like we were out in the country,” she wrote of the trail experience. “It was a quiet area. Not anymore.”

The trail, north of Norte Avenue, was established by the Habitat Conservation Fund, the Davis Adopt-A-Park Program and the city parks department. Lucksheider said it was done as a volunteer project.

Citing the map, he said the new-looking trails are indicated as part of the original plan on the map, with loopbacks and crossings.

“(Residents) just may not be aware of other mulching paths,” he said, adding that city workers are able to work on it only a couple of hours each day, which may add to an unfinished look.

“It’s still the same existing trails, it’s just that there were trails that disappeared,” Lucksheider said. “It’s basically mulch that’s been moved out of the way.”

Froyland sees things differently. The new-looking trails of the path are inviting kids to race their BMX bikes where solemn, meditative walks by older residents once occurred.

“There’s people all the time walking,” she said. “There’s people all the time reading.”

In the meantime, Lucksheider isn’t sure when the rehabilitation project will end.

— Reach Dave Ryan at [email protected] or 530-747-8057. Follow him on Twitter at @davewritesnews

 

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
    ‘Huck’ and ‘Tom’ float old Arboretum dock to removal

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Work continues to modernize Davis Healthcare Center

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

     
    Holman continues to educate and inspire

    By Daniella Tutino | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Biologists: Raising California dam would harm salmon

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Teens arrested after midnight joyride

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

     
    Overweight video game avatars ‘play’ worse than fit ones

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3 | Gallery

    Meet the mayor for coffee at Peet’s

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Author joins radio show

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

    Make your own SoulCollage on Sunday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

     
    Calling all chicken owners: Apply for coop crawl, share information

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Walk through Quail Ridge Reserve on Feb. 14

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Hopmans named associate vice provost for global affairs

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Review motivation to refresh your healthy-habits plan

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    Tips to protect skin this winter

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    For health and healthy appearance, there’s just one quick fix

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

    NAMI-Yolo examines inpatient services at potluck

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Measles outbreak grows

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A9

    .

    Forum

    Basement living, with attitude to match

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    50 years since Ash Hall

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    Can climate change bring us together?

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

     
    Paso Fino coming to a vote

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    .

    Sports

    Aggies still looking for record hoops win

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Blue Devil Hammond has a huge day at home

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Pent up? Join Davis’ latest athletic event

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Two in a row for Devil boys

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    UCD roundup: Aggie football players crack the books

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

     
    Youth roundup: Harper hoopsters off to hot start

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Treys send Toronto past Kings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    What’s happening

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8

     
    College Corner: Have wanderlust? Go overseas for college

    By Jennifer Borenstein | From Page: A8

    District learns from bomb threat incident

    By Kellen Browning | From Page: A8

     
    It’s Girl Scout Cookie time!

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Feenstra-Fisher wedding

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Arts

    Show explores the evolution of dance

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    A rose by any other name — if there is one

    By Michael Lewis | From Page: A11

     
    Acclaimed guitarist Adrian Legg to play at The Palms on Saturday

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    James George Tingus

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    Comics: Thursday, January 29, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B6