Local trail advocates and OSMP look into a trail around Boulder
It looks as if years of planning and meetings may bear fruit in the near future. Recently Councilwoman KC Becker sent an email to the Open Space and Mountain Parks department asking them to look into a Trail Around Boulder (TAB) that would loop around the city.
“I think it’s a neat idea,” she said. “Conceptually, there is a lot of appeal and I think there are some practical benefits to it.”
Becker said she got the idea from the Boulder Area Trails Coalition, a local group that has been pushing for a trail around the city for the past year. Peter Bakwin, the president of the group, said several other cities, such as Loveland and Portland, have similar trails and that Boulder would be the perfect place for one.
“I view Boulder as trail town USA,” he said. “A lot of people come here for the trails, and this would be another thing to highlight that.”
The trail would be around 34 to 36 miles in length if it were completed, and by Bakwin’s estimation, there are only about seven miles of trail that need to be added to create the loop.
Mike Patton, the director of Open Space and Mountain Parks, said City Council has already directed OSMP to prioritize completing regional trail connections, so creating a trail around Boulder would just be a matter of finishing the right connections.
“It’s very feasible,” Patton said. “Some connections will be more difficult than others, but it’s doable.”
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To learn more about the proposed trail you can attend the next BATCO meeting on April 23rd at the Boulder REI.