Now you can take a new path to Two Rivers concerts |

Now you can take a new path to Two Rivers concerts

A tunnel that used to serve as the main passage beneath the railroad spur that splits the former city of Glenwood Springs sewer plant site will now be open as part of a public pathway from the Seventh Street parking lot to Two Rivers Park.
John Stroud | Post Independent

A little-known passageway through the city of Glenwood Springs’ former wastewater treatment plant site on Seventh Street is being opened to the public as a shortcut to Two Rivers Park, just in time for the first Glenwood Summer of Music concert tonight.

The old plant site is split by part of the raised railroad spur, or “wye” as it’s known, and when the plant was in operation workers would use a culvert-type tunnel beneath the tracks to pass from one side of the city property to the other.

Since the new wastewater treatment plant opened in West Glenwood a few years ago, city leaders have suggested opening the tunnel to the public and providing a path between the Seventh Street parking lot and the bike path along the Roaring Fork River that leads to Two Rivers Park.

The Seventh Street lot is a popular off-site parking venue for those headed to the weekly Wednesday night concerts in the park during the summer, or any big event when the park’s main parking lot is likely to be full.

Until now, though, parking on Seventh meant a trek across the street to a narrow sidewalk under the railroad bridge that’s not even wide enough for a baby stroller, then back across the street to the bike path next to Farnum Holt Funeral Home.

Glenwood Public Works Director Robin Millyard said crews have finished work to open a passage on the east end of the tunnel from the parking lot, and built a 10-foot-wide, fenced-in path from the west side of the tunnel to the River Trail.

Lights will also be installed at the tunnel to help people make their way back to the parking lot after dark, he said.

“There will be some signage pointing the way on both ends, and as long as folks stay on the path, I am not aware of any safety issues,” Millyard said, noting that trail users will be kept from entering the still-active public works yard by the fencing.

Although the site is not operational as a sewer facility any longer, the old infrastructure remains and some of the offices are still used by city workers, while the yard is used for equipment storage.

The new path will be open for public use any time, not just during the Wednesday concerts, Millyard said.

City Councilman Steve Davis, who renewed the latest calls to open the tunnel, applauded the public works crews for getting the path ready for the first summer concert.

“I’m really excited that we were able to get over this hurdle and get this done,” Davis said. “This will be important for pedestrian safety to and from the bike path and the park, without having to cross the street and go under the railroad underpass.”

The first Summer of Music concert features an opening performance by the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Camp students at 6:30 p.m., followed by headliners the L.A.-based Afro-Cuban Jazz Project.

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