Letter: Carbondale trail safer with volunteer help
Along the Crystal River, between River Valley Ranch and Hendrick Ranch, there is a beautiful, little-known quarter-mile section of primitive trail that meanders along the river’s riparian edge. Over the years, this primitive trail has been utilized by nearby neighborhood families, kids and people of all ages, including seniors from the Carbondale Senior Housing Development. The trail has been a great place for many to walk, fish, play, escape and reflect with nature along the banks of the Crystal River with Mount Sopris as a backdrop.
The past couple of years, the Crystal River has eroded and washed away the shoreline bank where a 20-yard section of trail once meandered very close to the river. This made it very difficult to navigate and walk this steep bank where the section of trail once existed.
On Saturday, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers organized and supervised several volunteer trail-work crews made up of kids, teens, adults and seniors to rebuild this washed-away section of trail. More than 36 volunteers came out to work all day to thin out overgrown trail vegetation, construct by hand a dry stack rock retaining wall and then backfill it with stones, gravel and sand for people to walk along. At the end of the day, upon completion and backfill, it is now the longest rock retaining wall ever built by Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers.
Because of all the work and planning that went into this trail project, I would like to thank Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Director David Hamilton and his entire staff. Thanks also to all the volunteers who put in an intensive day of hard work and labor reconstructing this trail. Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that so graciously donated toward the project: MRI, Dos Gringos, River Valley Ranch, Louis Swiss Pastry, Aspen Parks and the town of Carbondale. It truly was a valley-wide effort of volunteers giving of themselves to regift a trail for the benefit of all who walk it regularly. Thank you, everyone, for giving back to the Carbondale and Roaring Fork Valley trail community.
Recreation director, town of Carbondale
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