Lake Forest pathway project complete

The pedestrian and bicycle pathway project alongside Lake Forest Circle is complete.

The final product came out looking great and should be a community asset for years to come. The project included 1,200 feet of 5-foot-wide curb and gutter concrete sidewalk spanning the length of the dam.

Additionally, more than 3,000 feet of 8-foot-wide asphalt surface pathway was constructed beginning at Beaver Circle and heading northward up to Fish Cove Court.

The project was an engineering and construction challenge, with the pathway in a low-lying, poorly-draining are. The grade from Fish Cove Court to Beaver Circle is in many places less than 1 percent . A lot of detail went into the construction of the ditches, installation of the culverts and establishing a compacted base. The entire pathway is underlined with a geo-textile fabric to protect the gravel base and asphalt from water.

The project was funded by the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association in conjunction with funds remaining in the Lake Forest Settlement fund — a settlement reached with Fairfield several years ago relating to the correction of survey errors in the Lake Forest Subdivision. When it was determined that the survey errors were minimal and did not negatively affect any of the owners, the property owners in Lake Forest subdivision held a special vote and elected to spend the money on the construction of a pedestrian and bicycle pathway.

The Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association is currently working with Davis Engineering on preliminary design work for the construction of phase two of the project — to construct additional pathway from the dam at Lake Forest, southeast to make a connection with an existing pathway on North Pagosa Boulevard. When complete, the pathway system will allow for safe, non-motorized trail access for residents of Lake Forest Estates, Lakewood Village and Vista to the core area of Pagosa Lakes.

Another project the PLPOA has been working on this year is the creation of a fishing and picnic park for the community on a newly-acquired lakefront lot on Lake Pagosa.

The property is located a couple hundred feet north of Cloudcap Avenue, directly off Piedra Road. The park consists of eight parking slots, five graveled picnic table pads and a 20-foot diameter covered gazebo. The grade work, parking area and picnic pads are complete. The gazebo, weather allowing, will be built later this month on a concrete slab near the lake, from which a floating fishing pier will be installed out into the lake. The park, when complete, will provide a beautiful lake-front setting for fishing and picnicking. That area has always been popular with local anglers because of the great fishing and will soon be a developed and maintained park, with unbeatable views.

Swim team

With most of the fall sports at our local high school wrapping up, the number of swimmers who took time for a different athletic pursuit are now back in the water. The swim team is in the pool from 4:15-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 2-3:15 p.m. on Friday.

These swimmers definitely change the mood at the recreation center when they are around. All the pent-up energy from sitting in the classroom is released, and when you get a group of them together, the air is charged with noise, spontaneous mischief and total oblivion to the other people around them. It’s easy to be happy around excited, enthusiastic and bright-eyed youngsters. I’d like to behave just like them.

But as a matter of principle, I behave as the folkways of society would have a middle-aged (okay ... past middle-aged) woman behave. As a pragmatist, I always try to blend in.

My favorite is how Calvin presents it to Hobbes in the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes.” Calvin says, “Some people are pragmatists, taking things as they come and making the best of the choices available. Some people are idealists, standing for principle and refusing to compromise. And some people just act on any whim that enters their heads.”

Which am I? I pragmatically turn my whims into principles.