Silverthorne opens bridge over Blue River
Summit County Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
SILVERTHORNE, Colorado – Silverthorne’s newest landmark – a 221-foot recreation bridge over the Blue River – will be dedicated in memory of Tammy Jamieson on Thursday at 3 p.m. A ribbon cutting will follow at 3:30.
Jamieson, the former town of Silverthorne recreation and culture director, was the driving force behind the creation of the Blue River Trail. She died from brain cancer last spring. A plaque celebrating her contributions will be unveiled on the bridge.
“We’re honored to be able to dedicate it to such a wonderful person,” said town manager Kevin Batchelder. “We’re looking forward to seeing her family at the dedication, and the pubic is invited.”
According to Batchelder, Jamieson – who was employed by the town for 14 years – worked tirelessly on the master plan for parks, trails and open space. And her priority was to complete the Blue River Trail system.
“There were many phases that Tammy took part in,” Batchelder said. “The Blue River is the heart and soul of the community, and she made that a reality. She went out and got grant funding. The bridge is the most important aspect of the trail system.”
The new bridge is the critical link between Silverthorne neighborhoods, the Silverthorne Elementary School, the library, the recreation center and the commercial district, Batchelder said. Trail users will be able to access most areas in the town’s core without ever having to cross or be next to Highway 9.
“(Tammy) worked so hard on this,” Batchelder said. “She put her life into making the parks master plan come to life. It’s such an amenity to the community. The bridge dedication is a proud and sad moment for the town.”
The summer trail project also included approximately 2,500 feet of paved trail, a parking lot and bathrooms at the Willow Grove open space. And with the new bridge, the Willow Grove open space (found at the end of Mesa Drive) is now completely integrated into the Blue River Trail system.
Two more major segments of the Blue River Trail will be built over the coming years, along with several other small pieces.
Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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