Ever since I moved into my current residence almost 20 years ago my family and I have enjoyed walking or bicycling a nearby trail.
The McKenzie trail runs along a former rail line right away. It was first made into a walking trail in 1970. The walking and biking portion of the trail runs parallel from N. Willow Ave to Clovis Ave, an approximately 2 mile trail.
About a year ago the local councilman from the district, Henry T. Perea, was able to secure funding to make improvements to the trail.
The trail was repaved and bike riding lanes were painted. New trees and foliage were also planted along the trail spaced about 100 feet apart. When mature the trees will provide plenty of shade to protect against Fresno’s brutal summer heat. One other improvement was the installation of early 1900 century replica lamp posts so the trail can have night time lighting.
On just about any day you will encounter young and old utilizing the trail. The trail passes large rural like lots, a middle school, housing developments and a mobile home park before ending at busy Clovis Ave. There are several pathways from the adjacent neighborhoods to the trail.
For all the improvements done the one sad thing that stands out today is the unsightly graffiti that has been sprayed on the trail signs, fences and benches. And even with the lighting installed you will seldom see any nigh time walkers or bikers. I went walking one early night time and it actually seemed scary. I felt someone was about to jump out of a corner or bush at anytime.
During the early morning and throughout the day time hours, however, the trail is congested with people, You will encounter walkers, bikers, skateboarders and speed walkers. It is a short flat easy walking trail to get good exercise and encounter great people. Come visit it some time.