While not quite the full 1.3 miles yet, Carson Valley residents will dedicate the Genoa Vista Trail on Saturday.
When completed the trail will start at Carson Street in town and wind below Foothill Road to 1862 David Walley's Hot Springs Resort. The final segment between Candy Dance Lane and Carson Street was delayed by the recent frigid temperatures.
The dedication is 10 a.m. Saturday at the north end of the trail closer to Candy Dance than Carson Street.
The trail linking Genoa to Walley's Hot Springs Resort is part of a general plan including a trail east to the Nature Conservancy's Whit Hall.
"I believe the trail is one additional reason for visitors to come to Genoa. Once there, they have the opportunity to discover the rest of the Carson Valley," said Redevelopment Agency Chairman Greg Lynn.
After the dedication ceremony, visitors will be encouraged to walk or bike the trail.
Speakers along the trail will discuss the wildlife and history of the area, including a presentation on eagles, the shoot-out where Henry Van Sickle killed bad man Sam Brown, the Pony Express and bird habitats.
The southernmost point along the trail, and the first to be developed, is named for Summerwinds Resorts Marketing Director Kaylin Pippin, who died of breast cancer in November. Candice Goetsch and Pat Riley from Walley's will be at Kaylin's Point of View to discuss Pippin's support for the trail's construction.
A reception will be held at Walley's until 1 p.m., where refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided by Doug Lubushkin in the gazebo.
Parking will be available on Nixon Street, at Walley's or at Mormon Station State Historic Park in Genoa. A shuttle will be available to return residents to Genoa.
Cost of the $750,000 project was funded by the Douglas County Redevelopment Agency with a $100,000 grant from Nevada State Lands, Question 1 Program, through The Nature Conservancy.
The trail is the first part of a $2.2 million project that represents one of the largest nondisaster expenditures in Genoa's history.
The second part is scheduled to go before Douglas County commissioners sitting as the Redevelopment Agency board on Feb. 7, Town Manager Sheryl Gonzales said.
The trail is part of the Genoa Destination Project, one of a dozen Douglas County Economic Vitality projects.
For more information about the dedication ceremony, contact the Town of Genoa at 782-8696.