The VCTA’s main purpose is to help implement the trails and pathways called for in the county’s Community Trails Master Plan for Valley Center. A copy is at the Valley Center Branch Library.
On June 23, 2009, the County Board of Supervisors approved updates to the Community Trails Master Plan. That includes increasing the potential trail/pathway miles in Valley Center to approximately 120 miles, and updating the text of the Valley Center portion of the Plan. The exciting beginning to the actual construction in Valley Center of any trails/pathways outside of the Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve was "Heritage Trail," the 2 miles along Valley Center Road from Woods Valley Road to Cole Grade Road
The Master Plan calls for a “Type D Special” pathway whenever possible on pathways within Valley Center, like Heritage Trail. They will have an “enhanced” footprint along an up-to thirteen-foot pathway, on a four-inch decomposed granite base, enclosed by four-foot lodge-pole pine fencing on both sides of the trail.
The "Heritage Trail" is just the beginning of our trail and pathways system. Some of the added potential trails/pathways will meander through some of our valley's most beautiful settings, and connect the community to its schools and resources. They will create a multi-modal system that will welcome pedestrians, bicyclists, equestrians and other non-motorized travelers.
The VCTA has as its first priority to help the county to acquire voluntary easements for a staging area and trail along Keyes Creek for more than a mile into the canyon. Eventually that trail may extend for six miles, connecting through the canyon along the creek to the Lilac Ranch Preserve, acquired by CALTRANS as a Mitigation Bank in late 2011.
Other high priorities include safe pathways/trails to and from our schools and town center, entry into Daley Ranch from Mirar de Valle, and trails on the western edge of the Rincon Reservation. These, and other Map additions are very exciting opportunities for the community and VCTA. It takes a lot of time, effort, and moneyanything you can do to help is a great community contribution!
Anyone interested in making a donation may contact (or send a check payable to VCTA) VCTA Treasurer Lori Jacobs at P.O. Box 605, Valley Center, CA 92082, or 751-0902, or email@example.com, or click on “Donate Now” on this website. Any individual, business, or organization sympathetic to supporting non-motorized trails in Valley Center may join VCTA by contacting Membership Chair Fred Wollman at 518-8545 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org, or click on “Join Now” on this website.
The non-profit tax-exempt organization was formally organized as a non-profit in 2000, and also works as a committee of the Parks & Recreation. The VCTA meets monthly on the forth Wednesday, at the Valley Center Branch Library at 6 PM.