Lazy Glen seeks trail access
A development proposal making its way through Pitkin County’s approval process could determine whether several hundred trailer park residents in Snowmass Canyon have direct access to the Rio Grande Trail.And to the residents, it’s potentially a question of life and death.The Lazy Glen Trailer Park, located in Snowmass Canyon downvalley from the Old Snowmass Conoco station, is positioned between the Roaring Fork River and Highway 82. For the 300-some residents to access the trail, which is located across the river, they must walk or bike down a busy section of the highway to the nearest crossing point.”Highway 82 is a very busy four-lane highway,” Lazy Glen resident Dawn Dexter wrote in a letter to the county in July. “[There are] no sidewalks or safe places for walking or biking.”The residents have asked the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board for a bridge and connecting trail to access the Rio Grande Trail, which runs from Aspen to Emma.Potentially standing in their way is a development proposal by Gregory Kirianoff, a homeowner across the river from the trailer park who is asking the county for permission to subdivide his land and sell off two riverside home sites. A connecting trail easement would likely have to run through the northern tip of his property.Pitkin County Open Space director Dale Will said he hopes Kirianoff will grant the trail access.”I’m certainly sympathetic to the residents’ need. We’d like to see everyone get access to our trails without having to risk their lives on the highway,” Will said.Yesterday, Kirianoff’s development proposal went before the county’s planning and zoning commission. County representative Suzanne Wolff told the planning and zoning commissioners that specifics of the trail easement have yet to be worked out.”At this point we don’t know enough to make a recommendation,” Wolff said. “Everyone agrees we should look at this further and discuss whether [the Kirianoff] property is the right place to connect the trailer park to the trail.”Wolff said details would likely be worked out when the Kirianoff proposal goes before the county commissioners in the coming months.Eben Harrell’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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