Town Invites Community To Dedicate Newest Section Of Fall River Trail
The public is invited to join Town of Estes Park Trustees and staff on Wednesday, August 19 at 10:00 a.m. for a ceremonial dedication of the newest completed phase of the Fall River Trail. The ceremony will take place along the trail, just east of the West Elkhorn Avenue intersection with West Wonderview Avenue. Parking is available on the roadside as well as in a dirt parking area along West Elkhorn approximately 1,000 feet to the east of the ceremony site.
The Town’s plan to complete the trail system through the Fall River Corridor consists of approximately nine phases, with four phases completed since 2002. The Fall River Trail begins at Performance Park on West Elkhorn Avenue and continues west to Fall River Road and currently ends near the Castle Mountain Lodge establishment.
Phase four engineering design and construction management was completed by Van Horn Engineering & Surveying of Estes Park. The concrete trail was constructed by Cornerstone Concrete Company (Bob Pavlish) of Estes Park and included 3,535 feet of trail at a cost of $298,000 to the Town of Estes Park. Lafarge Corporation made the generous donation of about $20,000 worth of brown color additive that adds to the character of the trail and valley.
There is currently an additional $140,000 contributed through the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act along with a matching sum by the Town to extend phase four an additional 1,400 feet west, and end near the Blackhawk Lodges. This phase is planned for later in 2009.
The next phases of trail construction are planned but not yet designed or funded. When all phases are complete, the trail will conclude at Rocky Mountain National Park’s Fall River Visitor Center, with a branch serving the Town’s Historic Fall River Hydroplant museum on Fish Hatchery Road.
For more information, call the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3588 or visit www.estes.org.
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