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Silverthorne celebrates new Blue River Trail segment

A hotly contested path in Silverthorne is complete and on Thursday town officials will host a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of Segment 5 of the Blue River Trail.

The event, scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, is being hosted by the Silverthorne Town Council and the Silverthorne Parks, Open Space, Recreation and Trails Committee at Silverthorne Town Hall, 601 Center Circle. Residents are encouraged to bring their bikes, strollers, scooters and walking shoes for a tour of the new segment, which will be led by Silverthorne Mayor Dave Koop.

Segment 5 is just over 1/2 mile in length. It begins at town hall and extends north to the Willow Grove Open Space and Tammy Lynn Jamieson Memorial Bridge, linking two previously unconnected sections of the Blue River Trail.

Silverthorne’s Blue River Trail is a hard-surface, paved trail that provides a great opportunity to experience the Blue River and its scenic surroundings, a town of Silverthorne news release stated. The trail provides 3 miles of family friendly scenery that follows the Blue River as it winds through Silverthorne.

Silverthorne assistant town manager Ryan Hyland said the trail is an easy ride as it is relatively flat.

“I rode Segment 5 into work last Tuesday and it was incredible,” Hyland said. “With the fall colors in full swing and snow in the forecast it should make for a beautiful event.”

For those looking for a more intense workout, Hyland said the trail boasts a section with a significant elevation gain at the south end of town as it climbs the switchbacks up to the Dillon Reservoir.

“The trail is open year-round, and we invite you to come join us and enjoy what we call ‘the Blue River experience,’” Hyland said.

Development of the Blue River Trail has been a long-standing commitment of the Silverthorne Town Council and the S.P.O.R.T. Committee, the release stated. It has been guided by the 2004 Blue River Trail Master Plan.

Parking will be available at Silverthorne Town Hall, 601 Center Circle, with overflow parking available at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, 430 Rainbow Drive, and Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway.

Light refreshments will be available.

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The Summit Daily Updated Oct 15, 2013 01:17PM Published Oct 17, 2013 06:06PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.