New trail and interpretive center open on Pembroke Drive

RENO, Nevada (KOLO) – Rosewood Lakes Golf Course, meet the Rosewood Nature Study Area.

“People were dying to come in here and explore the habitats that are out there,” said Heidi Anderson, executive director of the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

On Saturday morning, members of the Town 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 began in 2015, the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course had to close. Anderson and his TMPF team began cleaning up the area in 2019 so those in northern Nevada can enjoy it again.

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

With Nevada being one of the driest states in the country, Anderson says it is vital to preserve the wetlands in our communities.

People will not be able to cycle or walk their pets on the trails unless they are a service animal. The goal 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 groundhogs and beavers,” Anderson said. “We have an interpretive trail, so there are interpretive stops along the way where you can learn about the rivers, Boynton Slough, and its impact on the Truckee River.

Those at the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation say they have identified 100 species of birds and plants in the area.

The trail is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The reception center has more restricted hours, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

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