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GOCO grant to help fund plans for S’thorne bike trail extension

SILVERTHORNE – Thanks to a $40,000 lottery grant, the town of Silverthorne is moving ahead with plans for a two-mile trail extending north from the town hall to the Silverthorne-Dillon Joint Sewer Authority.

But the grant doesn’t mean the trail will be built anytime soon. Silverthorne Recreation Director Tammy Jamieson estimates construction starting in 2005, at the earliest.

“Ideally, we hope the planning process would take a year,” she said. “We would then go in in the following year, 2004, and apply for funding. Then you’re looking at 2005 as maybe being the soonest to start construction on different phases of the project.”

Nevertheless, she said, the money gives the project a healthy nudge.

The Great Outdoors Colorado grant covers the bulk of the estimated $63,000 it will cost the town to identify the Blue River Trail alignment. The trail will wind along and, in at least one spot, cross the Blue River. The alignment process, which starts with hiring a consultant, should take about a year.

The grant “also allows for master planning of the north pond and Cottonwood Park,” Jamieson said. “And it will address whether or not there are feasible options for boat intakes on the river.”

Cottonwood Park is an undeveloped, town-owned, 23-acre park at Hamilton Creek Road and Highway 9. The north pond, now maintained by the town for winter ice skating, is across Hamilton Creek Road from the park land.

“Through this planning process, we hope to get more input through the community (on what should go there),” Jamieson said. “Soccer fields, playground area, restrooms, additional parking – we would like to consider all those options.”

Once a consultant is hired, Jamieson said, the town likely will hold one or two community meetings to gather suggestions on the park, pond and trail development.

After the year’s planning is done, the town will seek money to fund construction of the trail and any other town recreation improvements that come out of the year’s planning process.

“It’s probably going to cost $1 million or $2 million to complete the whole thing,” Jamieson said. “We would definitely need outside funding sources to make something like this happen.”

In addition to creating the trail, Jamieson hopes to see Cottonwood Park and the pond area developed.

The idea for the projects comes from the Silverthorne Parks, Open Space, Recreation and Trails committee.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at jreuter@summitdaily.com

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