Recreation

Board Objective

To promote sustainable recreation in partnership with community providers and other jurisdictions to enhance recreational access, support public health and safety, realize economic opportunities, and preserve natural resource assets.

The Challenge

Nevada County recognizes the connection between the health of people and ecosystems, tourism and outdoor recreation, and community resilience. The County will work with our community to address challenges and opportunities for Nevada County’s open space and organized recreation priorities, furthering solutions that promote community health, safety, economic development, environmental stewardship, and resilience.   

County Initiatives

  • Develop a Recreation and Resilience Master Plan to identify and advance key goals and objectives to address challenges and opportunities for Nevada County’s open space, trails and other recreational interfaces, and prioritize solutions that promote community health and safety, economic development, creative placemaking, landscape restoration, environmental sustainability, climate change adaptation, and resilience. The planning process will engage diverse partners including, but not limited to, public lands managers, nonprofit stakeholders, and user groups to plan, fund, and implement sustainable solutions. The plan will include clear identification of viable, prioritized recreation enhancement and development projects, and related funding strategies, in unincorporated Nevada County and that involve Nevada County government.
  • Identify and implement strategies to promote health and safety at river crossings, lakes, trailheads, and other high-use or high-risk areas. 
  • Collaborate with other organizations and jurisdictions to leverage resources and coordinate efforts to drive outcomes of enhanced recreation access, health and safety, economic development, and resource conservation.
  • Build capacity and support sustainability for Western County organized recreation by working with partner districts to make them viable and sustainable. 
  • Identify interim and long-term funding mechanisms and advocacy priorities to sustain recreation.
  • Staff and manage collaborative to identify immediate high-level projects, promote coordination, and support Recreation and Resiliency Master Plan.

Learn More

  1. Prop 68 State of California Parks and Water bond 2018

    Western Gateway Park: New RV Camping Area and Ballfield Site Improvements Planned

    California State Parks Awards Over $1.1 Million to Western Gateway Recreation & Park District Learn More
  2. truckee trails

    Nevada County Awards $415,570 in First Round of Outdoor Visitor Safety Fund Grants

    The Nevada County Board of Supervisors reviewed progress highlights for the Board’s newest objective, Recreation, including recent awards totaling $415,570 in Outdoor Visitor Safety Fund Grants to community organizations. Learn More
  3. Pines to Mines Scoping_NewsFlash

    Pines to Mines Trail Update August 26, 2022

    With the recent snow melt, work has begun on the Pines to Mines National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment. Learn More
  4. Hirschdale Block 2022

    Responsible Hirschdale Recreation Access Points Effective 4/8/2022

    Help ensure access to the Hirschdale area by using the parking and access points to the Tahoe Pyramid Trail and Truckee River (effective 4/8/2022). Learn More
  5. Hirschdale area with Truckee River

    Hirschdale Recreational Planning Stakeholder Group Final Report

    The Hirschdale Recreational Planning Stakeholder Group Final Report has been issued, along with anticipated timeframes for the report's recommendations. Learn More
  6. Rec Grants_NewsFlash

    Nevada County’s Outdoor Visitor Safety Fund Grant Applications Now Open

    Nevada County’s Outdoor Visitor Safety Fund Grant Program will provide up to $850,000 in one-time grants to promote public health and public safety at highly impacted outdoor recreation destinations. Learn More
  7. Pines to Mines Scoping_NewsFlash

    Proposed Pines to Mines Trail Seeking Public Input

    The proposed Pines to Mines multi-use trail would run 68 miles in length and would connect Nevada City to Truckee, Calif. It would include existing Forest Service network trails and would involve some new trail construction. Learn More

Progress Report

View our most recent quarterly report to see our progress on this Board objective.