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Posted on: February 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Managing Trail Safety at Apex Park Community Meeting

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UPDATE: Recently we announced a community meeting to discuss a draft plan for Apex Park aimed at improving visitor safety. Please be assured it is a starting point for a community discussion on how to best improve safety at Apex Park. The good news is that our announcement has generated lively community discussion that has identified concerns, ideas and solutions. We are confident that by working together we can come up with a plan that significantly improves safety, and thereby the visitor experience at Apex Park. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow and/or hearing your comments and solutions over the next 30 days. Please see a letter from our Director in the link below.

February 26 from 5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Origins Hotel Red Rocks
18485 W Colfax Ave, Golden, CO 80401

[email protected]

Following more than two years of public and visitor engagement, intense in-park education efforts, and field observations, Jeffco Open Space (JCOS) has developed a draft plan to improve trail safety and reduce visitor conflict at Apex Park. This plan calls for the portion of the trail system with the highest levels of safety and conflict concerns to operate under an alternating, designated use schedule:

  • Apex, Enchanted Forest, Hardscrabble, Sluicebox, and lower Pick-n-Sledge Trails, a total of 3.8 miles, will alternate designated use by DAY OF THE WEEK:
    • BIKE ONLY: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday (no hiker/equestrian)
    • HIKER/RUNNER/EQUESTRIAN ONLY: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (no bikes)
  • Argos, upper Pick-n-Sledge, Bonanza, and Grubstake Trails, a total of 5.3 miles, will remain multi-use, every day.

Trail conflict and safety concerns can be attributed to speed differentials, high visitation, and challenging technical terrain, including blind corners, tight corridors, and steep pitches. Visitor surveys indicate the current trail management strategy is confusing; stakeholder listening session indicated a desire to improve trail management. This solution is a compromise that combines popular trail management options that can be implemented on existing trails, provide designated use in the areas that are most impacted by safety and conflict concerns, and offer at least part of the trail system to any visitor group, any day of the week.

JCOS will hold an Apex Park public meeting to seek input on this draft plan on Wednesday, February 26, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., at the Origin Red Rocks Hotel, 18485 W. Colfax Ave, Golden CO 80401.

In addition to the public meeting, JCOS will be providing a month-long public comment period from Wednesday, February 26 through Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at [email protected].

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