This week, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors approved a second round of awards totaling $388,480 in Outdoor Visitor Safety Fund Program (program) grants to eight eligible entities to increase resiliency and promote health and safety at highly impacted outdoor recreation destinations.
“There is clearly a lot of need and want for addressing impacts and improvements to outdoor recreation destinations. I am pleased with the final recommendation of funding and want to thank all who submitted proposals,” said District IV Supervisor Sue Hoek.
“I spend a fair bit of time in some of the locations that we’ve invested in through the first round of this program, and the improvements made are visibly noticeable. There is less trash, less human waste, and more signage and trail ambassadors,” said District 5 Supervisor Hardy Bullock. “I would just like to commend everyone involved and look forward to the great work that comes from round two funding.”
These projects, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and County of Nevada General Fund, will address unmet needs at popular outdoor recreation sites across Nevada County and meet the goals of the program to promote public safety and public health, equitable access to recreation opportunities, economic development through sustainable recreation, and protection and preservation of natural resources.
Selected projects include visitor outreach and education, as well as the installation and/or improvement of restrooms, parking, trails, kiosks, signage, and recreational amenities.
"This award will help improve the visitor experience and safety at South Yuba River State Park, with increased messaging and information on parking, fire and river conditions, along with helping to mitigate some of the trash issues with better receptacles and new water stations to help eliminate single-use plastic bottles," states Sierra Gold Parks Foundation Board President Jesse Locks.
Headwaters Science Program Director Alecia Weisman of SYRCL explains, “This funding supports trailhead development for the Van Norden Meadow Recreation Project, ultimately tying into an interpretive loop trail that will circumnavigate the sensitive meadow habitat and include educational signage to honor the complex history of the Summit Valley area and unique natural history of the meadow itself.”
Projects were selected by a panel of community members and staff through a competitive process that involved a two-step evaluation. Projects will be completed by December 31, 2024, along with the nine projects that were previously awarded funding in the first round.
Nevada County’s Outdoor Visitor Safety Fund Grant Program was established and approved by the Board of Supervisors in April 2021 to provide up to $850,000 in one-time grants to respond to the negative economic impacts of COVID-19 through promoting public health and safety at highly impacted outdoor recreation destinations. Additional consideration was given to those that support economic development, enhance equitable access, address climate change adaptation, and promote environmental sustainability and resilience.
For a list of projects, updates, and Recreation News, visit www.nevadacountyca.gov/Recreation.