Tom Dopplick: Time to update Silverthorne recpath |

Tom Dopplick: Time to update Silverthorne recpath

Tom Dopplick

I have walked this ad hoc, non-maintained path behind the homes on Rainbow Drive in all seasons and various weather conditions. Frankly, it’s not great walking through people’s backyards, tripping over large exposed roots and slogging through the mud whenever it rains. In the winter this ad hoc path is never cleared of snow and sometimes can be quite challenging to navigate. Never have I seen any indication of any path maintenance by any homeowner. I do get barked at by numerous dogs in enclosed wire fences close to this path. And the many signs saying “private property – stay on the path” certainly don’t invite you down to the river. Likewise, the “No bikes allowed”‘ signs force all bike riders, including children, onto busy Rainbow Drive.

A well-designed, attractive and town-maintained trail that’s along the river sure seems like a desirable alternative to the current situation. Also, in the winter the town does clear the Blue River Trail after the roads have been cleared. I love the Blue River experience and this current ad hoc path comes up way short in my opinion.

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