Silverthorne trail expansion going forward despite lawsuit |

Silverthorne trail expansion going forward despite lawsuit

Janice Kurbjun
Summit Daily News

A hearing is yet to be set for the Citizens vs. Town of Silverthorne district court case regarding the intended expansion of the Blue River Trail.

A court clerk said response paperwork is due by April 30, at which point a hearing should be set.

The lawsuit was filed by 14 property owners in the Blue Mesa subdivision and six property owners in the Willow Grove subdivision of Silverthorne. They claim the town doesn’t have the authority to build a proposed hard surface recreation pathway from town hall to the Willow Grove Open Space along easements on their private, riverside properties.

The trail is expected to cost between about $1.5 million. A $500,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant has been awarded for the project.

A response filed by the town states that the Blue River Mesa and Willow Grove subdivision plats and the outline of their easements speak for themselves – that the town owns the easements and has the right to improve the existing trail segment along the east side of the river.

The town continues to move forward with planning and designing the trail segment, scheduled for construction this summer. Any delay would depend on legal proceedings, community development director Mark Leidal said.

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