Attendees at a May 17th open house share their thoughts.
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is planning a trail along part of Prince Creek Road, as well as a parking lot for recreational users. The goal is to construct at least some of the improvements this year.
A draft Prince Creek Management Plan is now available for review and comment. The draft plan is posted below, as is an online comment form. Comments will be accepted through June 30th. In addition, The timeline for this planning effort culminates with potential adoption of the plan by the Open Space and Trails Board on July 18th.
Development of the management plan included a public open house on May 17th. The public comments that were submitted before the plan was drafted can be found at the back of the draft plan (Appendix A). A second open house took place June 19th, following the release of the draft plan.
Prince Creek Road, just outside of Carbondale, lies partially within Garfield County but mostly within Pitkin County. It is heavily used by pedestrians, as well as mountain bikers who use it to access a network of trails west of the road, leading onto BLM land known as the Crown. Our goal is to separate recreational traffic from motorized traffic to the extent possible and provide off-road parking to alleviate the parking of vehicles on the road itself. The trail easement depicted on the map, as well as the Bull Pen parcel, have been purchased with these improvements in mind.