Initial construction of improvements at the Dottie Fox Overlook off Watson Divide Road took place in November. The goal is to transform what was a few benches atop a looped gravel driveway into a place of quiet contemplation amid inspiring vistas. Installation of some features will occur in the spring of 2019.
A site plan for the 1.3-acre parcel calls for formalizing the small parking area off Watson Divide Road, fencing, revegetation of degraded areas and a trail to new seating where visitors can enjoy the views offered by the overlook. A stone platform has been constructed for the seating.
In addition, signage and a plaque will tell the story of the late Dottie Fox, a Snowmass Creek resident who was well known locally for her work as an environmental activist and wilderness advocate.
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails acquired the overlook parcel through a land dedication in 2016 and dedicated the parcel in Fox's memory. The county also accepted $17,000 for development and maintenance of the property, which is perched on the edge of Watson Divide and offers spectacular views of the Snowmass and Capitol Creek valleys as well as an array of peaks in the Elk Mountains Range.
In 2018, Open Space and Trails convened a Steering Committee of interested area residents to plan development of the overlook. Below is the site plan developed by the committee.