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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Good news for trail users

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 1:33 PM

The city announced yesterday that Great Outdoors Colorado has bestowed a $1 million for the Legacy Loop project. A new trailhead for the loop will be built at Recreation Way and Fontanero Street, the city says in a release.

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The loop is an ongoing project that surrounds the city's central region.

The news release:

The City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is honored to partner with Great Outdoors Colorado and our primary project partner, the Greenway Fund, to embark on this project- a project that will leverage existing park and trail assets, create regionally significant trail connections and develop new and lasting recreational opportunities for the citizens of Colorado Springs. The $1 million GOGO grant will help Colorado Springs move closer to completing a park and trail ring around the city center, known as the Legacy Loop, which was originally the vision of Colorado Springs’ founder General William Palmer over 100 years ago.

A series of projects on the north and northwest portions of the proposed ten mile loop will create significant trail connections from the Rock Island Trail to the Pikes Peak Greenway on the north end of Monument Valley Park. Enhancements for trail heads and underpasses will also create greater access to Monument Creek waterway.

Major elements of the Legacy Loop project include:
· Construction of nearly 2.5 miles of 12’-wide concrete multiuse recreational trail on the north and northwest portions of the Legacy Loop
· Construction of the Rock Island Trail’s ‘missing gap’ from the Pikes Peak Greenway to the existing Rock Island Trail at Templeton Gap Road - a trail that will link, for the first time, the major north-south trail and the major east-west trail in our region (Pikes Peak Greenway and Rock Island Trail). This project element also includes a Shook’s Run and Rock Island Trail connection.
· Construction of a 12’ wide concrete trail on the west side of Monument Creek from Uintah St. north to the Rock Island Trail Corridor at W. Van Buren St.
· Construction of the Legacy Loop Trailhead at W. Fontanero St. and Recreation Way. The multi-use Legacy Loop Trailhead will have space for up to 100 cars, amenities for special events, races, and community gatherings, and convenient access from I-25 to the Legacy Loop trail and Monument Valley Park
· Safe trail underpasses and creek access on the west side of Monument Creek at W. Uintah St. and on the east and west sides of Monument Creek at Mesa Rd.
· Development of the PopCycle Bridge at the northwest corner of the Legacy Loop at Monument Creek. The PopCycle Bridge, a project of City partner Kids on Bikes, will include a gathering space for trail users, bicycle art, and a car-free roadway striped to mimic an active road so that children and new cyclists can learn how to safely navigate bike lanes and intersections on the safety of a recreational trail. 

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