California State Parks announced that work to rehabilitate the Three Senses Trail, often called the Braille Trail, at Calaveras Big Trees State Park is now underway. The project is a partnership between California State Parks, the Arnold Lions Club and the Calaveras Big Trees Association that will revamp the trail.
The improvements will improve access for visitors and will include:
- A wider trail with compacted fill base material that will stand up to harsh winters (the trail length will remain the same)
- New benches and viewing platforms
- New interpretative signs
- A revised trail guide
The Braille Trail was originally commissioned in 1976, specifically to serve blind and visually impaired guests. It is estimated to reopen soon and by September, new interpretive stations will be installed. The full rehabilitation will be completed in early 2019 when the Touching Garden is finished. Guided tours are set to start next year.
Principal funding for the project was provided by the Lions Clubs International Foundation and the District 4-A1 Lions Club, grants from the Calaveras Community Foundation and Sierra Pacific Industries and contributions from supporters of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
“This project was a natural fit for both the park and the Lions. Being involved in both organizations, it fell into my lap with perfect timing to be considered a Lions Legacy Project,” said Rod Smith, project coordinator and Calaveras Big Trees Association president.