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Ecological Projects >> Truckee River >> Lockwood Trailhead Park

Project:  Lockwood Trailhead Park

Client:  The Nature Conservancy and Washoe County Parks

Date:  October 2008 - May of 2009

Site Location:  Lockwood Trailhead Park is located on the Lower Truckee River, approximately 10 miles east of Reno, NV (Exit 22 off of I-80).

Opening the new river channel, Lockwood Trailhead Park (November 2008).
Opening the new river channel, Lockwood Trailhead Park (November 2008).
Project Summary:
Once the site of a riverside trailer park, Lockwood Trailhead County Park was the fourth in a series of river restoration projects completed by Otis Bay on the lower Truckee River. At Lockwood Trailhead, OBEC provided design, construction work, and construction oversight for the creation of one new river meander, multiple riffles and pools, upland habitat hillocks, and two backwater wetlands. In addition to restoring riparian habitat at Lockwood Trailhead, OBEC added recreational features to create Lockwood Trailhead County Park. This included design and construction of approximately one mile of hiking trails, an entrance road, parking lots, a boat ramp, a restroom, picnic areas, benches, a bike rack, dumpster pads, directional and educational trailside signs, and a solar-powered drip irrigation system. Revegetation with both native and ornamental plants was installed to create shade for picnickers and river enthusiasts, as well as to provide habitat for riparian and upland species. OBEC installed permanent, low-maintenance, solar-powered drip irrigation for the ornamental plants, and handled maintenance of the site through the first growing season, which included weed control and temporary irrigation for native plants.

Project Update:
Completed in May of 2009, Lockwood Trailhead has become a popular destination for local anglers, birdwatchers, kayakers, hikers, bikers, and families. As of 2012, OBEC volunteered to adopt Lockwood Trailhead Park, which will entail ongoing maintenance, weed control, and supplemental planting as necessary.

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Shortly after construction at Lockwood Trailhead Park (June 2009).
Shortly after construction at Lockwood Trailhead Park (June 2009).

Three years after construction at Lockwood Trailhead Park (June 2012).
Three years after construction at Lockwood Trailhead Park (June 2012).
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