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Castle Creek Trail Open House
November 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC-6
The community is encouraged to attend the Castle Creek Trail Project Open House on Wednesday, November 15. Drop-In is 4:30-6:30 p.m. with a formal presentation beginning at 5 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to facilitate next steps in the public process for the trail project.
A summary of public feedback, usage data and potential alignment alternatives will be presented. The open house will be recorded and shared on the project webpage for those unable to attend.
Initial public comments included a wide range of stakeholders and opinions regarding the project. Comment themes can largely be organized into four categories – project purpose; aesthetics, design and impact; and financial considerations.
“Among this data and input set, there were some areas of agreement and themes that emerged,” said Gary Tennenbaum, Director of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. “For example, two major themes were to improve safety for all users and the desire to maintain the natural aesthetic and beauty of the corridor. Opinions vary on how to best address these inputs, but the underlying values see some alignment.”
Generally, input indicated a need for more information and further discussion regarding potential impacts, designs and costs. The engineering team, Loris and Associates, is working towards addressing these public input themes and presenting preliminary trail alignment alternatives.
Submitted comments and feedback have been collected in an initial public comment exhibit. The exhibit will be available to view at the public meetings and a digital copy of the exhibit will be available to view and download on the project webpage.
CASTLE CREEK TRAIL PROJECT GOALS
1. Determine the need for a safer route in the Castle Creek corridor for cyclists and pedestrians connecting the Music School/Country Day campus to the City of Aspen trail system.
2. Investigate feasible options for trail design and alignment alternatives.
3. Analyze engineering and financial considerations.
4. Conduct a transparent public process with opportunities for open dialogue and participation.