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2/8/2018 Trails for All: Large crowd learns of organization’s vision
The Trails for All community workshop held in All Aboard Westcliffe Tuesday evening, January 30 drew well over 100 Valley people, vibrantly engaged in discussing Custer County trail maintenance, promotion, development, and multi-use versatility. “The evening provided a tremendous, positive feedback,” beamed Trails for All coordinator Paul Parsons. “I’m very grateful for this greater sense of community through our common ground—a love of our trails!” Designed to gather community input on the 2018 Trails Master Plan, the workshop did just that. After Parsons and Greg Smith, one of the event planners, introduced the group’s vision and work to date, working groups gathered by interest area and commenced constructive commentary on off highway, road bike, foot traffic, equestrian, and off-road cycling trails. Trails for All gathered up the suggestions and observations, and will now incorporate them into the 2018 Master Plan. At 223 trails and almost 290 miles and counting, Custer County has a treasure of adventure alive and well for enhancement and usage. Thirty-one far ranging notes were made, including creating staging areas for any ATV and horse trails, opening closed roads, detailed mapping, widening Highway 96 shoulders, signage, and maintenance planning. “Our next steps will be taken at our next meeting, next Tuesday, February 13,” Parsons noted, “and we’ll move forward from there.” The meeting, held monthly on second Tuesdays, is open to all, and convenes at 5:30 p.m. in the West Custer Library Community Room. “We received exactly what we had hoped for,” Parsons said, “and way more than just a nodding affirmation of the direction we’re headed; this was a display of ownership in our trails, a statement that we as a community love our trails, so much so that we’ll work together in improving and promoting them.” Next steps therefore, are to process further what was heard, retaining the positive suggestions, and working them into the Master Plan. Parsons acknowledged the ad hoc committee that pulled the refreshing event together: Greg Smith, Cathy Griffin, and Kate Vickery. Parsons can be reached at pparsons60@gmail.com – W.A. Ewing