Trail supporters plan meeting to discuss benefits
A variety of groups that are dreaming of a regional trail network are hosting a summit Friday in Glenwood Springs to take stock of their progress and to study how big of an economic impact it could have on the area.”The Future of our Regional Trail System, Economic Benefits & Implementation” is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.The free conference is being organized by the New Century Transportation Foundation. Everyone from bike enthusiasts, developers, health professionals, planners and engineers, community leaders, tourism industry representatives, and anyone else interested in a regional trails system is encouraged to attend.The summit will include a progress report and future plans for creating a regional trail network that would link the Roaring Fork Valley with a trail up the Crystal Valley and along the Interstate 70 corridor from Glenwood Springs west to Parachute.The event will feature speakers who have designed trail networks for national parks as well as Summit County and Jackson, Wyo. They include: Tim Young of the National Parks Conservation Association. He is developing a transit and trail system for Teton National Park that will serve as a model for alternative transportation in other national parks. He also created a trail network for Jackson Hole.Young spent seven years bicycling around the world, crossing the Sahara Desert at one point and going across the Himalayas during winter. Scott Reid of Summit County will discuss how a regional trail system in Breckenridge and nearby towns benefits the economy and greatly expands opportunities for recreation and commuting. Kay Salazar of the National Park Service Intermountain Region, will help create groups that will explore economic benefits of a regional trail system, funding and regional collaboration, and sharing trail construction knowledge.In addition, Ralph Trapani, the former Colorado Department of Transportation engineer in charge of highway widening projects in Glenwood Canyon and the Roaring Fork Valley, will discuss the status of a regional trail network.A reservation for the free conference can be made by calling 970-704-9200.
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