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Trail connects everything park has to offer

Path one of several new features planned, project manager says
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn Area Recreation and Parks District celebrated the opening of a new pathway Wednesday night. The .7-mile asphalted path runs the perimeter of Recreation Park, connecting its various amenities. Several ARD, city and county officials attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday. The path was completed in October with a $230,000 budget, according to Pam Vann, project manager for the district. The project was paid for by the district, Placer County and city of Auburn park mitigation fees and a federal Land Water Conservation Fund grant, according to Kahl Muscott, district administrator. Vann said the project included several Americans with Disabilities Act compliant components including a ramp from the parking lot to the path and a spur that leads down to the score booth platform at Beggs baseball field. The ADA compliance will give residents with disabilities a better chance of using what the park has to offer, Vann said. “That opens up a whole other element to park users,” she said. “I think they have the right to access any amenity that any able-bodied person has the right to access. We need to do our part with that. We need to make sure we are supporting all the members of our community.” Mark Hamilton, project manager for contractor JD Pasquetti, said the company decided to complete the trail before the Oct. 16 Community Festival, five weeks after construction began, even though it had a 90-day deadline. Mayor Bridget Powers and County Supervisor Jim Holmes made speeches at the opening ceremony, followed by a group walk around the path. Auburn resident Laura Pinnick said she could picture herself walking the path with her Labrador retriever, Ringo, on days when Ashley Memorial Dog Park is closed. “I just think this is fabulous,” Pinnick said as she walked the trail Wednesday. “It’s just another place in a beautiful park for people to explore with their dogs.” According to Vann, the district plans to install several other new items in Recreation Park, including new ADA-compliant play equipment to replace the old, as well as outdoor fitness equipment for those who want to get a workout. ARD is in the middle of a fundraiser for park playground equipment. This includes the Full Bounty of Placer County, the Good Guyz of Auburn calendar, which is available at several locations throughout Auburn, including the Chamber of Commerce, Auburn Police Department, Placer County Visitors Bureau and the Book Haven. For more information call ARD at (530) 885-0611. Muscott said there are two reasons why he is excited about the pathway. “I think, No. 1, the ADA access has always been a big thing for me,” he said. “No. 2, we have similar trails up at Regional and Meadow Vista parks, and they are so heavily used.” Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com