Parks and trails progress update

By Larry Lynch|

Special to The SUN

There has been good progress this summer on parks and trails in Pagosa Lakes. The newest segment of the hard surface multi-purpose trail system is in the final stages of construction on Lake Forest Circle. This is the segment that will connect the existing trail at its terminus near Dutton Drive up to North Pagosa Boulevard. All of the sub-grade, drainage features, culverts and base gravel are in place and it is scheduled to be paved later this month.

Additionally, the association is planning to construct another segment of hard surface trail later this summer on Vista Boulevard, from Lake Forest Circle to Park Avenue, which will be an 8-foot-wide asphalt surface trail. A few administrative hurdles need to be tidied up before construction can begin. Approval of the plan from Colorado State Trails is needed to receive funding from the $200,000 trails grant awarded to the PLPOA. Additional approval will be needed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a wetland permit which requires mitigation of a small wetland area impacted near the intersection of Port Avenue and Vista Boulevard. It is our hope this can be accomplished in time for construction to be started sometime in September.

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