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New trail, interpretive center opens off Pembroke Drive

Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 6:53 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Rosewood Lakes Golf Course, meet the Rosewood Nature Study Area.

“People have been dying to get in here and explore the habitats that exist,” said Heidi Anderson, Executive Director of the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

Saturday morning, members of the City of Reno, the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation, and others opened a newly restored three mile walking trail and interpretive center at 6800 Pembroke Drive in East Reno.

When construction on the Southeast Connector started in 2015, Rosewood Lakes Golf Course had to close. Anderson and her team at T.M.P.F. started cleaning up the area in 2019 for those in Northern Nevada to enjoy once again.

“Over the past few years we’ve spent time to restore the trails as well as restore some of the habitat to a natural wetland habitat,” she said.

Nevada is one of the driest states in the country so Anderson says preserving the wetland areas our communities do have is vital.

People won’t be able to bike or walk their pets on the trails unless it’s a service animal. The goal there is to keep the area as natural as possible.

There is a lot to see on the hour long walk.

“(People can see) lots of wildlife including marmots, and beavers,” said Anderson. “We do have an interpretive trail so there are interpretive stops along the way where you can learn about the rivers, Boynton Slough, and how that impacts the Truckee River.

Those with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation say they’ve identified 100 species of birds and plants in the area.

The trail is open to the public from 8 am - 7 pm Monday through Saturday. The visitor center has more restricted hours, 11 am - 6:30 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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