S’thorne Trail breaks ground soon
SILVERTHORNE – Nearly two years in the making, the long-awaited Silverthorne Trail connecting the Blue River Trail to the countywide trail system will at last become a reality this summer. Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 23.
“I think that the citizens will be very pleased with the project,” said Tammy Jamieson, recreation and culture director for the town of Silverthorne. “I think it will be utilized. I’m just really happy to see it finally becoming a reality.”
Jamieson said the project, which has an estimated final cost of more than $1.1 million, is scheduled for completion toward the end of August.
“In time for Labor Day would be my hope,” she said.
Primary funding for the trail came from the Colorado Department of Transportation and Great Outdoors Colorado, which draws on state lottery revenue. The balance will be paid for by lodging tax money from the town’s general fund.
The asphalt trail picks up where the Blue River Trail terminates near the Blue River Ballfields at the Red Village of the town’s factory stores (below the dam). It will proceed up the hill east of the dam in a series of six switchbacks and connect to the cul-de-sac on East Anemone Trail Road, where users can proceed onto the Lake Dillon Trail.
Designed to accommodate bicyclists, in-line skaters, joggers and people in wheelchairs, the 3,060-foot-long connection will also include rest areas and scenic outlooks.
“It’s just a much safer route,” Jamieson said. “It takes people off the busy intersection of Highway 9 near I-70.”
– Aidan Leonard
South Park grads fare well
PARK COUNTY – Nearly 50 percent of the 32-member graduating class of South Park High School has already received scholarships for higher education, and more students are still awaiting the results of their applications.
“This year has a great group of kids; they’ll go out and really accomplish good things,” guidance counselor Steve Rzepka said.
Fifteen members of the class of 2003 had amassed nearly $270,000 in scholarships by the graduation date of May 31, with 24 taking advantage of higher education and four planning to enter the military. One student, Jesse Kasper, received an appointment to the Naval Academy, following in the footsteps of four other South Park students in the past five years who have received appointments to the nation’s military academies.
“This class seems so close-knit, and they have been an exceptional group,” Principal Jane Newman said.
The size of the class and students’ involvement of the community in the school may have been a contributing factor in this class’ achievement.
The usual speeches at graduation, held in the gymnasium, were easier to hear this year, thanks to the senior gift to the school. Though faced with the formidable task of raising $10,000 in just a few months, the seniors vowed to replace the ailing sound system in the gym, a project that began as a trigonometry exercise and saw the work completed in time for the ceremony.
As each graduate collected a diploma, he or she was presented with a half dozen roses. Instead of keeping the bouquet, the students dispersed into the audience, presenting the flowers to people they felt had supported them during their school years. Parents, grandparents, teachers and friends emerged from the school hugging the successful grads and clutching the red roses as symbols of the students’ gratitude.
The success of the South Park High School Class of 2003 has proven to be one of individual achievement and community involvement.
– Linda Balough
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