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Fish Creek Trail Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Construction on the new extension of the Fish Creek Trail is complete! Please join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 29th at 2 p.m. Festivities will begin at the south end of the trail — in the parking area located at the intersection of Fish Creek Road and Cheley Camp Roads. We will have guest speakers and refreshments. Come on out for an afternoon celebration and walk along the new trail!

In April 2010, the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District received a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to assist with trail development costs. The scope of the project was to complete the 2.43-mile portion of the Fish Creek Trail from Scott Avenue to the parking lot on the road to the Cheley Camp. The new trail crosses Fish Creek Road at Scott Avenue and follows the right-of-way along the east and south side of Fish Creek Road to the Cheley Camp Road.

The completion of this trail section creates a continuous nine mile pedestrian trail from downtown Estes Park to the Lily Lake trailhead — connecting the Town’s River Walk Trail to the Lake Estes Trail, to Stanley Park and the Fish Creek Trail, and then to the Homer Rouse Trail (via Cheley Camp Road) to Lily Lake.

The new trail is constructed of soft surface materials that meet the needs of a variety of users – hikers, bikers, joggers, dogs and horses. The soft surface is durable enough to withstand equestrian use and is economical — requiring minimal trail maintenance.

Cornerstone Construction Concepts, Inc., Cornerstone Engineering and Surveying, Inc., and Kearney & Sons Excavating, Inc., served as the design-build team for the project. Thomas Beck and Frank Theis served as Owner’s Representatives. Retired EVRPD Executive Director, Stan Gengler, in conjunction with the District’s Board of Directors and the Estes Valley Trails Committee, directed the majority of the project. EVRPD’s new Executive Director, Skyler Rorabaugh, directed final project completion. A group of citizens concerned about beaver habitat was involved in the design of the trail section that passes by the beaver ponds area. The Town of Estes Park and Larimer County were also involved in the project.

Property owners along Fish Creek Road who granted trail easements include: the Petrie family; the Repola family; the Ritschard family; the Sweet family; the Uplands at Fish Creek; and Cheley Colorado Camps, Inc.

The trail was built with $450,000 from a GOCO trails grant, $50,000 from the Town of Estes Park, and mill levy funds from a 2008 voter-approved bond issue that allocates $175,000 annually for trail development and maintenance. Without such great community support, this project would not have become a reality. Please join us on September 29th to celebrate the trail completion and to thank those who made this project a success!

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