Open Space and Mountain Parks to begin major flood-repair work in the coming weeks
The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department this fall will begin two large projects to repair the Chautauqua Trail and trail sections south of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). These rebuilding efforts are among 18 flood-repair trail projects that OSMP will either begin or complete by the end of 2016.
NCAR-Bear Canyon, Mesa trail repairs and closures
Starting as early as Monday, Oct. 3, OSMP will start work to repair the NCAR-Bear Canyon Trail and a Mesa Trail section south of NCAR. This trail project will repair damage from the September 2013 floods, allow emergency vehicles to regain access to the area and improve trail sustainability.
OSMP will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Damon Room at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, to inform community members about the department’s work to repair this trail area, along with trail closures needed to complete it.
OSMP aims to minimize trail closures during this project – which will take at least six months to complete, weather permitting. However, some sections of the NCAR-Bear Canyon Trail and a nearby section of the Mesa Trail may be closed for several weeks at a time.
Because of this trail area’s importance to nearby residents and OSMP visitors, some trail sections will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. Active trail construction areas will be closed at all times. Please visit BearCanyon.org regularly for maps showing current trail closures.
Learn more at BearCanyon.org
Chautauqua Trail repairs
Starting as early as Tuesday, Sept. 27, OSMP will begin to repair the Chautauqua Trail with some slight alignment changes to repair flood damage, to improve drainage and to minimize trail erosion. This minimal alignment change will feature a re-surfaced trail tread and will allow visitors who use wheelchairs to access one of two gathering areas that have provided generations of visitors with breathtaking views of the Flatirons.
The Chautauqua Trail will remain open during this project. However, it will be an active construction zone with fencing and slight detours, which will impact visitor experiences in the area. OSMP anticipates completing this project by the end of the year – weather permitting.