We have big updates for everyone on two long term projects you started hearing about in 2015! Read on / Click through to learn more + visit with us to learn more at Outreach Meetings following several upcoming G.S. Commission meetings:
Monday April 4th, 6:30-7:30pm, G.S. City Hall – Council Chambers
(This outreach session will immediately follow the monthly Historic Preservation Commission meeting)
Wednesday April 6th, 9:00-10:00am, G.S. City Hall – Room TBD
(This outreach session will immediately follow the monthly Rivers Commission meeting)
Wednesday April 13th, 6:30-7:30pm, G.S. Community Center – Room TBD
(This outreach session will immediately follow the monthly Parks & Recreation Commission meeting)
*** UPDATE 4/14/2016 ***
The above outreach sessions were scheduled to follow Commission meetings. We’re happy to announce that we received unanimous support from both Rivers Commission & Parks and Rec. Commission for our efforts on the below projects. Our next step is to approach City Council on May 19th to request similar support and to secure funding for Phase 1 of the Red Mt. project. Can you be in Glenwood on the evening of May 19th? Your public comment to City Council, in support of these projects could make real difference!
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Red Mountain Trail Improvement Project
This trail improvement project is proposed to utilize a combination of existing routes & newly constructed trail to provide a continuous natural surface trail that roughly parallels the road from the trailhead all the way up to the cross at the top of the mountain. The completed route is proposed to be called the “Grandstaff Trail”.
This initiative was identified in the Glenwood Springs Area Concept Trails Plan, issued February 2015. The GSACTP identified priorities for both trail improvement projects, such as this one, and conceptual trail systems and alignments that require additional study. The Plan prioritizes work on City owned lands, especially those closest to downtown.
RFMBA & Two Rivers Trails are seeking endorsement of this project from Glenwood Springs River Commission, Parks Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, & City Council. We hope to secure funding and start Phase 1 of this project in 2016.
South Canyon Trail Plan
Following the development of the Glenwood Springs Area Concept Trails Plan (February, 2015), RFMBA secured planning funding from the City of Glenwood and Garfield County. With this funding, we engaged Kay-Linn Enterprises’ team (with the assistance of Applied Trails Research and Singletrack Trails) to provide field investigation, sustainable trail corridor design, and development recommendations for the South Canyon area. The consulting team was provided with the conceptual planning information from RFMBA, as well as more depth regarding ongoing activities in the Canyon and spatial overlays for historic elements, the landfill, and gun and archery ranges.
Based on the field investigation, current uses, and potential for sustainable trail development, the Kay-Linn team has developed the recommendations that follow in the linked report, including opinions on optimal trail system components such as trail types, trailhead locations, historic/land management interpretation, implementation strategy and phasing, and cost of construction. These recommendations have been developed to further the collaboration between RFMBA and the City of Glenwood Springs in developing improved recreation amenities.
RFMBA & Two Rivers Trails are seeking endorsement of this project from Glenwood Springs River Commission, Parks Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, City Council, and Garfield County Commissioners. We hope to secure matching level funding so that this project can be a candidate for State Trails Grant funding during the Fall 2016 application cycle, potentially allowing for Phase 1 construction of this project to start in 2017.