DHM Design’s Carbondale studio and Singletrack Trails want to engage the public to participate in the planning of access trails on the newly acquired Red Hill property. DHM will be hosting an open house to garner ideas from the community as part of the First Friday festivities, 5:30 – 7pm, June 1. The Carbondale landscape architecture firm and the trail designer are working with the Town of Carbondale, Aspen Valley Land Trust and project stakeholders to create these access trails. There will be opportunities to ask questions of the DHM and Singletrack staffs as well as offer suggestions. The open house takes place at the DHM office at 311 Main Street in Carbondale. There will be bikes out front and hanging signs to indicate the open house.
“As one of the most iconic recreational trail areas in the region, the planning process to make Red Hill an outstanding experience for locals and visitors is important to us all,” states Jason Jaynes DHM Principal and project lead. “We want to hear from bikers, hikers and anyone with ideas on how to make the new access trails a welcoming, safe and enjoyable amenity for the Town.”
Friday’s event will be the first of two open houses on the Red Hill trail alignment. The second will be Wednesday, June 6, from 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 6pm at the site near the Red Hill parking lot on Highway 82. A third open house (date tba) will be held in partnership with the Valley Settlement Project to gather support and input from Carbondale’s Hispanic and Latino population. The team hopes to have approval from the Board of Trustees by mid-July so Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers can kick off the trail building on July 24th. A new website containing information about the Red Hill projects and open houses will be operational soon – www.RedHillAccessTrails.com
The access trail project started in 2017 with the “Save Red Hill” fundraising campaign initiated and managed by Aspen Valley Land Trust and the Town of Carbondale. They successfully raised $1.35 million to purchase the 25 acre parcel at the base of Red Hill with the goal of giving trail users (hikers/bikers) a safer alternative to the County Road 107 access to BLM’s Red Hill Recreation Area.
The intention of the open houses is to get public feedback on the proposed trail alignments that will be designed to improve safety, reduce user conflicts, eventually eliminate pedestrian traffic on County Road 107, and improve the overall trail access experience for Carbondale’s recreation back yard. Other stakeholders include Red Hill Council, RFOV (Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers), RFMBA (Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association), Garfield County, BLM.
With headquarters in Denver, Colorado, DHM Design has provided landscape architecture, land planning, urban design and ecological planning for clients since 1975. Their ecological perspective, science-based artistry and western values have solidified their presence in the western United States. A pioneering spirited group of founders inspired the opening of the Carbondale branch office in 1998. They are now 16 employees strong and plan to celebrate their 20th anniversary in the Roaring Fork Valley this fall.
About Singletrack Trails
Driven by the desire to protect natural resources while providing better trail experiences for folks recreating outdoors, Singletrack Trails, Inc. was established in 2004. Since its founding, Singletrack Trails has been involved with the layout and construction of more than 300 miles of sustainable, shared-use trails across the United States. An active member of the Professional TrailBuilders Association, Singletrack Trails is a leader in the Rocky Mountain Region for shared-use trail planning, design, construction and the development of bicycle skills training parks.
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