Hager Lane area key to trail system | PostIndependent.com

Hager Lane area key to trail system

Glenwood Springs residents have a history of supporting trails in the city.And for good reason. Trails offer recreational opportunities, a healthy alternative to sitting in traffic and a safer route for nonmotorists.But Glenwood’s rivertrail system, which was approved by voters more than a decade ago, is facing a bit of a roadblock in an area where it’s needed most.A number of Hager Lane residents in south Glenwood are against the trail running between their homes and the Roaring Fork River on the easement owned by the city.Hager Lane residents have concerns regarding privacy and security, and their views of the river could also be affected. The city is currently trying to reach a resolution that satisfies both the homeowners and the need for a trail in the area. Options include making a soft trail or even moving the trail to follow Hager Lane rather than the river. If any alternative solution works out it should be used. Moving the trail to Hager Lane could actually add to the rivertrail system, giving users both a throughway and a spur down to the river for fishing, walking and the like.But the trail is needed in some form or fashion. It would extend the city’s trail system from downtown to south Glenwood to the benefit of nonmotorists.The residents of Hager Lane have known – or should have known – for some time that the easement through their properties could eventually become a trail.Ideally, a compromise will be reached in which all parties are happy, but if changing the trail proves to be economically or otherwise unworkable, the city is justified in moving forward with its original plan.The city has already paid for the easement once through concessions to the developers. It would be unfair to the taxpayers for Glenwood Springs to pay for another easement in order to satisfy a handful of residents.

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