OPEN SPACE BOARD TO MEET DEC. 21st The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board will meet Thursday, Dec. 21st in Aspen to discuss public input into the proposed Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail and offer some of their own thoughts. The meeting is a work session, not a public hearing, though the meeting will be open for the public to attend. It will also be streamed live at www.pitkincounty.com and broadcast on GrassRoots TV. A link will be made available on this website for later viewing. The meeting will take place from 9:30-11:30 AM in the Community Room at the Pitkin County Library.
SURVEY RESULTS A public survey on options for a Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail closed Nov. 15th. Public input, including letters and the survey responses, is posted immediately below. A joint meeting of the Open Space and Trails Board and Board of County Commissioners is scheduled Jan. 16th, 2018. The two boards will discuss the collected public input and provide direction to OST staff on drafting a trail plan.
KEY LINKS Below are links to information that was presented on the potential alignments at a pair of open house presentations in September. These alignments were the focus of the public survey. Also provided is a link to a video of one of the September presentations by environmental and engineering consultants who studied the alignment alternatives, and a video link on the history of travel in the Crystal Valley.
Click here for an interactive display of potential trail alignments, environmental and engineering info and more.
Click here for a video of the presentations by environmental and engineering consultants on Sept. 7th.
Click here for a video on the history of travel in the Crystal Valley.
PLANNING TIMELINE AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Available below is an updated timeline for this planning process. Also below are a number of frequently asked questions (and answers), including questions that were posed by members of the public during an Oct. 17th meeting of Pitkin County Commissioners, the Open Space and Trails Board and Carbondale Town Council in Carbondale.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENGINEERING REPORTS, QUESTIONS AND MAP BOARDS FROM THE OPEN HOUSES Below are the summary reports provided by environmental and engineering consultants who studied the trail alternatives in the Crystal Valley. The files are downloadable. Also provided are downloadable files of the map boards that were on display at the presentation/open houses on Sept. 6th and 7th in Redstone and Carbondale, and easy-to-read summaries of each segment. The information contained in the map boards and summaries is also available within the link above (the interactive display of potential trail alignments, environmental and engineering info and more).
WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR The Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail is one of 16 trail projects across Colorado that was chosen for a statewide trails initiative called Colorado's 16. Subsequently, Great Outdoors Colorado in December 2016 awarded a $100,000 grant to the planning phase for this trail. In addition, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails budgeted $200,000 in 2017 for the planning, which included engineering and natural resource studies. ERO Resources was hired to conduct the environmental data collection while Loris and Associates Consulting Engineers handled the engineering feasibility work. The results of these efforts were unveiled at a pair of well-attended public presentations/open houses, on Sept. 6th in Redstone and Sept. 7th in Carbondale. The presentations kicked off a public comment period and an online survey that closed Nov. 15th.
INITIAL INPUT Two open houses took place in January 2017 to collect initial public feedback and start the planning process. Available below are the displays and survey responses collected back in January.
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