Fall River Trail public meeting

7/22/2015, 5:30PM

Public input requested as Town plans ahead for the Fall River Trail extension

The Town of Estes Park is studying potential trail alignments and designs as it plans for the future of the Fall River Trail.  Residents and businesses along Fall River, and anyone interested in learning more and providing feedback on the trail project, are invited to two upcoming public events. A Fall River residents and stakeholders meeting will take place July 22 at 5:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 1509 Fish Hatchery Rd.  Or interested individuals can drop by a project booth July 23 between 4:30 and 7 p.m. in Bond Park, downtown Estes Park.  Participants will be asked to provide feedback on general trail design concepts and potential alignments. Meeting materials and opportunities for comment will also be available from July 24 through August 7 through the project website at www.estes.org/fallrivertrail

Considering public input, a preferred alignment will be selected in early fall of 2015. Preliminary design of the selected alignment will be completed by the end of 2015 and final design will be completed in 2016. The current study and design process are funded by a grant awarded to the Town of Estes Park, after a competitive process, through the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation. There is no schedule for construction at this time.  The trail will be constructed as funding is identified.

When construction funding is secured, the Town of Estes Park proposes to construct an eight- foot wide,  approximately 2.5-mile concrete extension of the Fall River multi-use trail that will connect the existing trail, near Castle Mountain Lodge, to Rocky Mountain National Park. East of Fish Hatchery Road, the new trail would likely be located along the south side of Fall River Road.  West of Fish Hatchery Road, trail locations along the south side of Fall River Road, and along Fish Hatchery Road will be considered.

For more information on the project, visit www.estes.org/fallrivertrail or call the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587. Written comments may be mailed to Town of Estes Park Public Works, RE: Fall River Trail, P.O. Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517 or emailed to jimber@estes.org. Comments must be received or postmarked by August 7, 2015 and include name, organization (if applicable), address, and email address. Subscribe to receive Town news and/or meeting agendas in your email inbox by visiting www.estes.org. More Town news is available at www.estes.org/news, www.facebook.com/townofestesparkco and www.twitter.com/townofestespark