Ribbon Cutting for the Coal Creek Regional Trail on Wednesday, Aug. 21

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County's Transportation and Parks & Open Space Departments, the Town of Erie, City of Lafayette and Great Outdoors Colorado are pleased to announce the completion of the Coal Creek Regional Trail. 

What:    Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Coal Creek Regional Trail
When:   Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m.
Where:  At the Coal Creek and Rock Creek trail junction. This is just east of the northern    
        end of Majestic Drive in Lafayette - approximately 0.2 miles north of 
        the intersection of Horizon Avenue and Majestic Drive
Details: Arriving by foot, bicycle or horse is encouraged and Stearns Lake Trailhead 
        along the Rock Creek trail accommodates horse trailers

“We are very excited to help celebrate the completion of this expansive regional trail system,” said Commissioner Cindy Domenico. “Thanks to long-term community vision and invaluable collaborative efforts, the full trail system is now open to cyclists, pedestrians, equestrians and families to explore southeastern Boulder County communities and open space.”

This newly completed section of the Coal Creek Regional Trail adds 4.0 miles of multi-use trail that extends from the terminus of the Rock Creek Regional Trail near Majestic Drive in Lafayette to Erie’s Spine Trail near Vista Parkway. The entire Coal Creek and Rock Creek trail system will be 27 miles connecting the communities of Boulder, Superior, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie and Broomfield. The last 1.2 miles slotted for completion are located near U.S. Hwy 36, within the City and County of Broomfield. 

Boulder County worked with the Town of Erie, City of Lafayette, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Foundation and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to secure funding to complete the eastern most link of the Coal Creek/Rock Creek Regional Trail System. GOCO awarded a $500,000 grant through its special opportunities program which allows for larger grant awards for larger scale projects.
The trail was constructed by L&M Enterprises.  Youth Corp Teams constructed linkages to two creek overlooks and to Broomfield via the Anthem neighborhood.  Broomfield funded the Anthem connection and additional funding for other improvements in the area.   

GOCO was created by voters in 1992 to invest Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance Colorado’s parks, wildlife, rivers, trails and natural areas. GOCO awards grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Since 1994, nearly 3,500 projects in all 64 Colorado counties have received GOCO funding.

Development of the county’s first regional trail system is the result of many collaborative partnerships between Boulder County, the cities of Louisville and Lafayette, towns of Superior and Erie, the City and County of Broomfield, Great Outdoors Colorado, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Foundation and the hundreds of Youth Corp members, individual volunteers, homeowners associations and business districts that have made the two trails a success. 

Background

On May 6, 1990, representatives from Boulder County and the City of Louisville gathered with volunteers, community groups and officials from the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District to open a trail segment through Dutch Creek Open Space. The trail opening marked the beginning of what is to become a 27-mile continuous multiuse trail linking Superior, Broomfield, Louisville, Lafayette and Erie via the Coal Creek and Rock Creek Trail system.

The Coal Creek Trail mostly follows Coal Creek and is characterized as a riparian area with an abundance of large trees that crisscrosses through urban areas. On any given day, bicyclists, pedestrians, commuters, families and nature enthusiasts can be seen using the trail. Since most of the Coal Creek Trail is within city limits, equestrian use is not allowed.

The Rock Creek Trail largely parallels Rock Creek, traversing through open fields within rural areas. Some portions of this trail are located near urban areas as it goes through Superior and eventually Broomfield. Equestrians are welcome to use most of the Rock Creek Trail along with bicyclists, pedestrians and nature enthusiasts.
For more information, please call 303-441-3900 or visit the Transportation Department’s web site at www.BoulderCounty.org/roads.



Gabi Boerkircher
Public Information Specialist
gboerkircher@bouldercounty.org
303-441-3399


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