On the south side of the Truckee River in downtown is a conspicuous piece of open space filled with aspen, sage and bitterbrush known as Truckee Springs. Developers have long eyed this beautiful 26-acre riverfront property, which provides critical wildlife habitat and contains some of Truckee’s richest history. The photo shown above is looking across the Truckee River at Truckee Springs. (Photo by Bill Stevenson)
The Truckee Donner Land Trust, working closely with the Town of Truckee, is under contract to purchase Truckee Springs, preserving and opening this previously inaccessible Land forever as a natural open space for public enjoyment.
The timing of this conservation effort couldn’t be more perfect. Concern that Truckee is losing its charm, character, and funkiness has grown in recent years; protecting open space in the downtown core, rather than building another subdivision, will help preserve what we love about this place.
This property is Truckee’s golden spike. It will connect downtown to the river. Connect east to west via the Truckee River Legacy Trail. Connect the public to inaccessible lands all along the south bank of the river. And maintain a critical connection for wildlife between the water’s edge and thousands of acres of upland habitat. (Source)
If there’s ever been a rallying cry for the community, it’s this rare chance to preserve Truckee Springs.
“The Land Trust’s acquisition of this property is a total game changer for Truckee. Since the creation of the Downtown Specific Plan more than 20 years ago, a riverfront park has been envisioned to serve as an anchor for the town.” – Tony Lashbrook, former Truckee Town Manager