FAIRFIELD — Lynch Canyon open space in the hills between Fairfield and Vallejo could soon be open year-round.
Solano County operates the open space owned by the Solano Land Trust as a park. People can hike there on Saturdays and Sundays for 30 weeks a year, in the spring and summer.
The county’s proposed 2013-14 budget recommends that Lynch Canyon be open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays year-round. County supervisors will decide this and other budgetary issues when they begin budget hearings at 9 a.m. Monday at the county Government Center, 675 Texas St.
Solano Land Trust Executive Director Nicole Byrd said people are always asking why Lynch Canyon isn’t open more often. Also, she said, it would be good to have Lynch Canyon open on a more consistent basis, so people don’t plan to go there and find it closed.
“This is a major milestone in the right direction,” Byrd said Wednesday.
A year-round schedule would give people a chance to see a different aspect of Lynch Canyon.
“In the winter, it’s green, it’s not so hot, the creeks are running,” Byrd said. “Some of the most beautiful days of the year are in the winter.”
The proposed budget also calls for more consistent staffing at the nature center in Lake Solano Regional Park near Winters. This would help keep the center open 26 hours per week during the spring and summer and 16 hours per week during the fall and winter.
Lake Solano Regional Park is along Putah Creek. The county opened the $2.8 million nature center in 2009, with $1.7 million coming from state and federal grants. The center contains such things as aquariums and a wetlands exhibit.
Changes in staffing and operations to allow for greater flexibility will allow for the extended Lynch Canyon and nature center hours without costing the county more money, the proposed budget said.
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