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Jan 27

Collaboration Key for the Future of Trails in the Upper Valley

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM by Kelly Vaughn

If you tuned in to Aspen Public Radio this morning, you likely heard a story on the collaborative effort to build a long-term plan for tails in Aspen, Pitkin County, and Snowmass Village. As Marci Krivonen reported, the County is focusing on a 125,000 acre swath of public land that covers areas from Woody Creek to Independence Pass, and acreage in between.

Gary Tennenbaum with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails said the Upper Roaring Fork Trails Plan will guide trail planning for the next 10 to 20 years.

"A lot of the questions we get are about, when we propose a trail here and propose a trail there, everyone’s like, ‘well, where next?,’ or we get a lot of request from users to put new trails here and there, so we’re trying to look at this wholistically," he said.

The County’s partnering with the City of Aspen and Snowmass Village, as well as the Aspen Skiing Company and the Forest Service to find appropriate areas for additional trails.

Read/listen to the full story on Aspen Public Radio's website.

The Snowmass Village Parks, Recreation, and Trails Department is one of the many players in this collaborative long-term effort. This department, which has been working on updating the Snowmass Village Trails Master Plan (with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers who serve on the town's trails commission) to evaluate improvements and long-term goals for our system here in Snowmass Village.

According to Ted O'Brien, Parks and Trails Manager, the development of the county-wide plan is now taking center stage--as we are one piece of a very integrated and complicated puzzle.

For this reason, and the fact that the 2013 Community Survey revealed that trails are a big priority for our economic and environmental health, we encourage Snowmass Village residents to learn more, get involved and weigh in on the Upper Valley plan.

Representatives of Progressive Trail Design, IMBA and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails are seeking input from mountain bikers from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30, and then from the hiking/running/skiing community from 7-9 p.m. Both sessions will take place in the Rio Grande Room in Aspen. Learn more


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