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Lafayette Eyes Regional Trail Linkup Grant

County is seeking a grant to study linking trails from Lafayette to Walnut Creek.

The city of Lafayette is involved in talks about linking up regional trails a couple of miles from Lafayette to downtown Walnut Creek.

This would open up hikers, bikers, joggers and dog walkers to a large network of trails around Walnut Creek and the Iron Horse Trail that runs from Concord to Dublin. In Walnut Creek, the Iron Horse Trails passes through Civic Park and runs behind the Safeway at Mount Diablo Boulevard and South Broadway.

A memorandum to support the county in applying for a grant to study the proposed link is expected to go before the Lafayette City Council in January, said Leah Greenblat, a transportation planner for the city of Lafayette. In an email, she stated that there was strong support for that memorandum from the Lafayette Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee earlier this year.

The study would weigh the merits of improving bike lanes and sidewalks along linking thoroughfares such as Olympic Boulevard, or building off-street pathways such as the Lafayette-Moraga trail.

Most of the corridor to create a link would lie in the city of Walnut Creek and unincorporated areas under the jurisdiction of Contra Costa County. The Lafayette-Moraga regional trail has a terminus and parking lot at the Lafayette city border at Olympic Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road.

from the Measure J, Transportation for Livable Communities program.

Fred Krock December 29, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Sacramento Northern had a line from Saranap Junction (today Olympic at Tice Valley) to the Diablo Country Club. It was abandoned in 1923. The land probably reverted to the original owners. However some of the old railroad right of way might possibly be useful for a trail.
Lance Howland December 29, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Fred: Was that the main line back then, or perhaps a spur running out to the country club? -- Lance Howland, editor, Lamorinda Patch
Jojo Potato December 31, 2012 at 04:45 PM
As far as I remember, the main line went along Olympic blvd with a station at Saranap, past Dewing Park Pool and then turned north some how along some of what is now the BART right of way before crossing the bay on a ferry. If you notice how Olympic has a wider shoulder at the pool that is some left over right of way.

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