As early as the 1970s, Sacramento County identified the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) corridor as a location for a pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian trail. As property was subdivided along the SMUD corridor, pedestrian, bike, and equestrian easements were dedicated benefiting Sacramento County to allow for future trail installation. The City of Citrus Heights’ General Plan and Zoning Map identify this corridor as Open Space.
In 2014, the City approved the Creek Corridor Trail Project, a feasibility project that evaluated the potential for multi-use trails along the SMUD corridor and creek corridors. City Council directed staff to proceed with funding, design, environmental review and construction for the Priority 1 Trail Segments (including the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail).
In 2015, the City adopted a Bikeway Master Plan and General Plan Update which included the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail as a priority project. The area known as the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail is identified in the Sacramento County Bikeway Master Plan providing connectivity to the east of Wachtel Way and thru Citrus Heights.
In 2016, the City adopted a Pedestrian Master Plan which identified the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail as a priority project for the City.
In 2017, the City applied for and received grant funding from the state Active Transportation Program to build the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail (formerly known at time of grant application as the Electric Greenway).
In 2018, the City contracted with consulting firm, GHD, Inc., to lead the design of the project.
In 2022, the City awarded the construction contract to Central Valley Engineering & Asphalt, Inc. Construction began in October 2022.