RIVERSIDE: Box Springs trails plan earns awards

RIVERSIDE: Box Springs trails plan earns awards

Riverside County’s plan is being recognized by architects, planners, county park officials and the state.
By SUZANNE HURT / STAFF WRITER

 Michael Cooper, left, of Los Angeles and David Reznick of Riverside cross a bridge as they hike Two Trees trail on May 2, 2016, in Box Springs Mountain Reserve. Riverside County’s new Box Springs Mountain Reserve Comprehensive Trails Master Plan is being recognized on the state and national level, with an award coming from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials next month.

, STAN LIM, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Michael Cooper, left, of Los Angeles and David Reznick of Riverside cross a bridge as they hike Two Trees trail on May 2, 2016, in Box Springs Mountain Reserve. Riverside County’s new Box Springs Mountain Reserve Comprehensive Trails Master Plan is being recognized on the state and national level, with an award coming from the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials next month.

Riverside County’s new master plan for Box Springs Mountain Reserve’s trails is being recognized on the state and national level.

The National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials will honor the Box Springs Mountain Reserve Comprehensive Trails Master Plan with the Planning Initiative Award in Long Beach next month at the group’s annual conference.

The plan assesses existing trails and proposes a nearly 70-mile network of trails linking to nearby trail systems and the cities of Riverside, Moreno Valley and Highgrove.

The plan’s creation was overseen by the Riverside County Regional Park & Open-Space District, which manages the reserve, and funded with $189,000 from a court-approved settlement to the Friends of Riverside’s Hills.

This year, the plan has already won the 2016 Merit Planning Award from the State of California’s Trails and Greenways Conference and awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects and American Planning Association.

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