Folsom Adds Another Gem to Our Trail System

April 12, 2017
The main observation and water access area

The main observation and water access area

The long-awaited Lake Natoma Water Access and Trail Enhancement officially opens Thursday, April 13 at 5pm.
This new facility will allow the first paved access to Lake Natoma from the Historic District.
Although Folsom trails provide access at various points around the lake,  until now, for people with limited ability or with small children, it was nearly impossible to access the lake from the Historic District. Getting there involved climbing down down dirt paths with trip hazards, and little to hold on to, except perhaps some poison oak.

Access is by stairs or ramp

Access is by stairs or ramp

Now with both paved and decomposed granite sections, stairs and ramps, nearly everyone can enjoy the beauty that is Lake Natoma. “There’s not going to be anybody excluded,” Folsom Parks and Recreation Director Robert Goss said. “Everybody’s going to be invited, young and old.”
The project was not without controversy, there was much debate about it, and even a lawsuit trying to stop the project. Some residents saw the project as the destruction of natural habitat, and wanted the area left alone. Others were concerned about crime.
The City forged ahead and created a beautiful trail which fits nicely into the scenery.
The project features several foot bridges with paved and decomposed granite paths

The project features several foot bridges with paved and decomposed granite paths

There is a launch ramp for canoes, kayaks and paddle boards, and benches for just enjoying the view.
A ribbon cutting will be held Thursday at 5pm.
Free parking is available at the Historic District garage, at 905 Leidesdorff Street. For more information call 916-355-7304 or email kparks@folsom.ca.us.
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