DRAFT TRAIL PLAN NOW OPEN TO REVIEW AND COMMENT The draft plan for a Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail is now available to the public and open to comment via an online survey. Find a downloadable copy of the plan directly below. Please review the plan and the Interactive Storymap before completing the survey. The survey will be open through July 27. Click here for a link to the survey.
INTERACTIVE STORYMAP Click here to view an interactive Storymap that details the Planning Actions and Proposed Trail Alignment contained in the draft plan.
APPENDICES AND TIMELINE Posted below are environmental and engineering reports that are appendices to the draft plan, as well as the results of a public survey and letters that were received in advance of the drafting of the plan. A schedule of this planning process as it moves forward is also posted below. Key dates in the timeline include these:
May 21 at 5:30 PM - Draft Plan presentation at Pitkin County Library (to be streamed live at pitkincounty.com)
June 26 at 5 PM - County commissioners and Open Space and Trails Board hear from the public (location TBD)
PREVIOUSLY... Below is information (Map Boards, Segment Summaries) that was presented on the potential trail alignments at a pair of open house presentations in September 2017. These alignments were the focus of a public survey in the fall of 2017. Public input on the potential alignments helped inform the recommendations now contained in the Draft Plan. Also provided below 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. The consultants' reports can be found above in the Appendices and Timeline section (Environmental Report, Engineering Feasibility Report).
Click here for a video of the presentations by environmental and engineering consultants on Sept. 7, 2017.
Click here for a video on the history of travel in the Crystal Valley.
SEGMENT SUMMARIES AND MAP BOARDS FROM THE OPEN HOUSES Below are downloadable files of the map boards that were on display at the presentation/open houses on Sept. 6 and 7, 2017 in Redstone and Carbondale, and easy-to-read summaries of each segment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Available below are a number of frequently asked questions (and answers), including questions that were posed by members of the public during an Oct. 17, 2017 meeting of Pitkin County Commissioners, the Open Space and Trails Board and Carbondale Town Council in Carbondale.
HOW IT BEGAN 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 the consultants' analysis were unveiled at a pair of well-attended public presentations/open houses, on Sept. 6, 2017 in Redstone and Sept. 7, 2017 in Carbondale. The presentations kicked off a public comment period and an online survey that closed Nov. 15, 2017.
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 2017 at the kick-off open houses.
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