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Summit will focus on regional trail system

Cathy Tuttle

Imagine a regional trail system linking Glenwood Springs to Aspen, running from west of Parachute to Glenwood Springs and leading from Carbondale up the Crystal Valley. A trail system that is good for the economy, the environment, commuting/traffic congestion and recreation/health issues.The 2005 Regional Trail Summit, “The Future of our Regional Trail System, Economic Benefits and Implementation,” is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Presentations and discussions will center on the progress toward completing this regional trail system, lessons learned and adventures from other places, and how we can help make the regional trail vision a reality.Local elected officials John Martin and Tresi Houpt, Garfield County; Arn Menconi, Eagle County; and Dorothea Farris, Pitkin County, will welcome and conclude this year’s regional trails summit.Speakers for the Regional Trails summit will include Ralph Trapani outlining the vision and progress to date of the regional trails of the Roaring Fork, Crystal and Colorado valleys. Speaker Tim Young cycled the globe, created a trail system for Jackson Hole, Wyo. and is currently creating a trail system for the Teton National Park.The Summit County Story guest presenter Scott Reid explains how they have created an extensive network of trails and what it means to the local economy. Kay Salazar, of National Park Service Intermountain Region, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance will ask working groups to delve into economic benefits of trails, funding and regional collaboration, and sharing trail construction and implementation knowledge.This is a free conference and all citizens, bike enthusiasts, developers, health professionals, planners and engineers, community leaders, people involved in tourism businesses and anyone interested in a regional trails system are encouraged to attend.Sponsors for this year’s trail summit include: Aspen Earth Moving, OTAK, Schmueser, Gordon, Meyer, Design Workshop, Tuttle Surveying, dhm design, RFTA Rio Grande Trail System, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, Town of Carbondale Parks and Recreation, LoVa Trails Group, Mid-Valley Trails, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and New Century Transportation Foundation.If you cannot attend this event but want to be in the loop on trail issues, please visit http://www.newcenturytrans.org and sign up for a newsletter.Cathy Tuttle is with the New Century Transportation Foundation. For more information or free registration, please contact the New Century Transportation Foundation at 704-9200 or e-mail ctuttle@newcenturytrans.org.


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