Serious About Trails

by Osman Parvez

Boulder City Council is meeting today, Tuesday March 7th at 6pm and may vote on the creation of a new north/south trail from Boulder Reservoir to Carter Lake in Lyons along the Boulder Feeder Canal. See map and additional resources below.

The City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks Department has long been pursuing trail development to complete a route between Boulder and Lyons, eventually connecting to Hall Ranch and Longmont. The initial leg will be an 11-mile recreational trail proposed from U.S. 36, southeast of Lyons, to the Boulder Reservoir. This trail connection would also link open space and trails near the Boulder Reservoir.

Issues had been raised about locating a trail next to a primary drinking water source and this has been the source of substantial delay. After extensively studying the issue, City Staff will recommend it's creation, including allowing dogs and horses on the trail.

Staff recommended the trail be developed, with appropriate measures taken to protect drinking water quality including:
  • Limited fencing
  • Drainage redirected away from the canal
  • Separate the trail from the canal where feasible
  • Sanitary and trash facilities
  • Educational information at trailheads and road crossings
  • Improved water quality monitoring
  • Cooperative management of water contamination response
  • Leash dogs
A trail along the canal has been on the Boulder County Trails Map since 1978.

p.s. I hope they don't name it the Boulder Feeder Canal Trail (eww).

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