For years, the Nora Kuttner Recreational Trail has been the scene of a friendly, if uneasy relationship between all the people who use the trail.
The walkers, hikers, joggers and equestrians have learned they must make way for the mountain bike riders who enjoy testing their skills – often at high speeds - on the trail, which is considered more challenging than the Rosecrans Trail, to which it connects on the north.
However, now thanks to the efforts of the Fullerton Parks and Recreation Department, an extension has been added to the trail that gives the non-mountain bike trail users their own safe path to follow.
The Kuttner Trail, originally known as the “Mormon Trail” because of its proximity to a Mormon church, begins at the northeast corner of Castlewood Drive and Parks Road, and ends at Euclid Street, where it connects with the Bud Turner Trail and Laguna Lake Park.
Yvonne Pedersen, outdoor recreation coordinator the department, said the new extension begins north of Nicholas Street and continues through the Robert E. Ward Preserve, paralleling the existing trail.
Pedersen said the decision to add the extension grew out of increasing concerns voiced by residents that the existing trail was too narrow to accommodate all the user groups. In addition to increasing safety, “the extension gives runners, walkers, hikers and equestrians the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Robert E. Ward Preserve,” she said.
Pedersen added fencing has been posted between the two portions of the trail to delineate uses, and a “step-over” was installed that keeps bikers from entering the new trail. A Nicholas Street access to the trail has also been installed.
Future amenities will include a kiosk located at the head of the new trail providing information on trail rules, a map of the surrounding trails, and a bench to accommodate those who might want to enjoy the view before heading down the last leg of the trail.
Fencing has also been installed at the bottom of the trail to slow bike riders before they reach Euclid Street, and redirect them to the signalized crossing Further information about the Nora Kuttner Trail extension may be obtained by calling Pedersen at (714) 738-6594.
Information about all city recreational trails may be obtained by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at (714) 738-6575, or by logging onto the Parks and Recreation section of the City of Fullerton website at www.ci.fullerton.ca.us.