By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– The Town of Apple Valley will officially open the new Mojave Riverwalk South trail with a ribbon cutting event on Tuesday, April 25 at 10 a.m. The public is invited to join Mayor Scott Nassif for a short ceremony followed by an informal walk along the new 2.75-mile path.
Previously, the trail was a little-known dirt footpath tucked away behind the retail shops along the western most edge of Jess Ranch Marketplace. Construction began last October to upgrade and lengthen the trail using an active transportation grant from Southern California Association of Governments. The result is a 12-foot wide concrete multi-use trail that begins at Bear Valley Road and stretches south to the town boundary at Poppy Road.
Thanks to a generous donation of $48,000 from Apple Valley resident Elaine Clapp in memory of her husband H. Bennett Clapp, 12 benches have been installed on concrete pads along the route to provide rest areas with beautiful mountain and river vistas.
The Riverwalk is one of many outdoor amenities that have recently been installed or upgraded in Apple Valley. Construction wrapped up on the Bear Valley Bike Path along Bear Valley Road from Reata to Jess Ranch Parkway and from the Bear Valley Bridge to Fish Hatchery Road.
In the coming months, the Town will upgrade its 37-mile class II bikeway network by microsurfacing the roads and adding new signage and striping. The bikeway will connect to the newly widened western portion of Yucca Loma Road and the Yucca Loma Bridge, giving residents access to Mojave Narrows Regional Park. Two miles of Class II bikeway have already been installed along Ramona Road from Navajo Road to Central Road.
The Town of Apple Valley is committed to developing a safe community, adequate and well maintained infrastructure, and diverse recreational opportunities. These and other projects currently in development align with the goals of the Town’s Vision 2020 strategic plan, and create opportunities to build a healthy Apple Valley.
For more information visit www.AppleValley.org.