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For many outdoor enthusiasts, living in Colorado is nature’s paradise. Abundant trails and well-planned open space make the area a great place to get outside. Imagine being able to hike along a single trail from Wyoming, through Castle Rock, all the way to New Mexico. That soon could become a reality, and the Town wants to know what you think.
The East Plum Creek Trail is the main trail that travels through Town. It is not only the Town’s most widely used paved trail, but it is also part of a larger statewide trail system called the Colorado Front Range Trail. Now, the Town is working to build the final southern connection in Castle Rock, and is hoping a trails grant could help cover the costs.
Great Outdoors Colorado invests a portion of annual Colorado Lottery revenues into trails, parks, wildlife, open spaces, playgrounds and more. So far, the competitive grants awarded to the Town have helped fund Castle Rock projects such as the acquisition of Quarry Mesa Open Space, the acquisition of East Plum Creek Open Space, the construction of East Plum Creek Trail between Meadows Parkway and Wolfensberger Road, and most recently, the construction of the Adventure Playground at Philip S. Miller Park.
Completion of the entire East Plum Creek Trail corridor was included as a Town priority in the Council-approved 2015 Parks and Recreation Master Plan. If awarded, the $1 million Great Outdoors Colorado Grant would help offset some of the costs and save money for other trails projects in Town. However, the grant would require the Town to match funds of an additional $1 million to improve the trail.
The grant would be part of Great Outdoor Colorado’s Connect Initiative Program. The program focuses on connecting existing trail gaps.
Currently, the East Plum Creek Trail travels the 6 miles from Castle View High School to South Perry Street. Construction of the 2-mile southern section would be the final portion of the trail to be completed by the Town and would be finished within the next three years.
Now, we want to hear from you! As part of the Great Outdoors Colorado grant application, public input is very important. Tell us what you think and if you support the Town applying for this grant.
A short online feedback form, and more project information, is available at CRgov.com/EPCTrailProject. Submit your feedback before Friday, July 29.
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