Town Asks Community To Help Name New Trolley
The Town of Estes Park’s free shuttle system kicked off its eighth season June 21 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new downtown trolley. The shuttle committee is seeking the help of residents and guests in naming the trolley. To participate, please forward a suggested name (one per person, please) along with your name, address, telephone number and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org by July 30. In the event of a tie in naming the trolley, please include a guess for the total number of trolley riders in July. The contest winner will be announced by the Town in August at www.estes.org and in a news release; the chosen trolley name will appear on the trolley.
During the trolley ribbon-cutting ceremony, Mayor Pinkham gave an overview of the evolution of the shuttle system and recognized the work of the shuttle committee members. Fellow shuttle committee members Trustee Mark Elrod and Lowell Richardson expressed appreciation to Millie Miller for the work of former Trustee Jerry Miller, who was a great supporter of the Town of Estes Park, the community and the shuttle committee. A plaque will be displayed on the trolley in his honor. After the ceremony, the Town Board, shuttle committee members and local media took an inaugural ride on the trolley during its first loop through downtown. The public was invited to take the first official ride at 9 a.m. More than 1,000 people rode the trolley in its first weekend of operations.
The trolley is among many upgrades to the 2013 shuttle season. It will leave the Estes Park Visitor Center and run a continuous loop beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. The Gold Route travels west into downtown with stops at Bond Park/Town Hall, Local’s Grill, the Ore Cart Rock Shop, Tregent Park, West Park Center, and Maxwell Inn before turning around and stopping at the Elkhorn Lodge, Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, the Grubsteak Restaurant, The Trading Post and Barlow Plaza.
The Estes Park Free Shuttle system consists of five routes, all of which bring riders to the core downtown area. The Silver Route services the Park-n-Ride at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. The Blue Route services Big Thompson Avenue (U.S. 34 east of downtown) and three new stops along Dry Gulch Road. The Red Route services Fall River Road (U.S. 34 west of downtown), the Brown Route services campgrounds and other establishments in outlying areas to the south and west of town and the new Gold Route serves the Elkhorn Avenue downtown with the new Town trolley.
A map of the shuttle routes, shuttle bus tracking, and the full schedule is available at www.estes.org/shuttles. For more information about Estes Park’s shuttle routes, please contact the Estes Park Visitor Center staff at 970-577-9900.
For the July 4 holiday, the shuttle system may include longer hours and route adjustments to accommodate events. On July 9, shuttle routes and times will be altered to accommodate the annual Rooftop Rodeo Parade through downtown. Information on shuttle service changes will be available at www.estes.org/shuttles and by calling the Estes Park Visitor Center at 970-577-9900.
When necessary during special events, overflow parking and extended shuttle service is available at the Estes Park Middle School/High School parking lot, 1500 Manford Ave. This additional parking is just two blocks from the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride. Signs will be posted at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride when the overflow parking with shuttle service is activated at the Middle School.
Daily through September 2, and Saturdays and Sundays from September 7 through October 13, the Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker Shuttle will stop at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride and the Estes Park Visitor Center before traveling to the National Park. The Hiker Shuttle begins at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride and operates hourly from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and every 30 minutes between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information on the Hiker Shuttle, please contact Rocky Mountain National Park at 970-586-1206.