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Open house set on Rio Grande Trail improvements in Woody Creek

Aspen Times staff report
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WOODY CREEK – Proposed improvements to the Rio Grande Trail in Woody Creek will be the focus of a public open house at the Woody Creek Community Center on Wednesday, July 14.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails officials will discuss the improvements and take public input from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a walk-through of the trail, led by Open Space staff, at 6:30 p.m.

“We’re ready to show the public how we’ve incorporated input from user groups into trail design and enhancements,” said Gary Tennenbaum, Open Space and Trails stewardship and trails manager, in a press release.

Open Space and Trails has proposed a dual-surface trail in the section between Upper Woody Creek Road and the trail’s intersection with McLain Flats Road. There will be pavement for bicyclists and a soft-surface trail for equestrians and other users. The two surfaces will be on separate grades for about 60 percent of the 2.5-mile section of the Rio Grande Trail in the Woody Creek area.

“Cyclists and equestrians have expressed interest in having a separation between their uses. We have been able to come up with a trail design that creates a buffer between them on the majority of this section of trail,” said Lindsey Utter, Open Space recreation planner, in the press release.

After the open house, Open Space officials will meet with the full Woody Creek Caucus and take comments to the Open Space and Trails Board in early August, when a decision is expected to be made to begin improvements. Construction could get under way as early as this fall.

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A map of the trail and proposed improvements will be posted at the Woody Creek Community Center until Aug. 1.