Two projects add 3.6 miles to Poudre Trail system |

Two projects add 3.6 miles to Poudre Trail system

Staff reports

Larimer and Weld County residents now have an additional 3.7 miles of Poudre Trail to use thanks to two projects near Interstate 25 that were recently completed.

The first is a 3.1-mile section of trail west of I-25 from the Harmony Park-N-Ride through Arapaho Bend Natural Area to a loop around Rigden Reservoir.

The second project — a section of trail east of I-25 from Gateway Trailhead Park to Stonefly Court in Tinmath totaling .6 miles — included trailhead improvements such as picnic tables, pavement and drainage features and underpasses at Harmony Road and County Road 5.

The new segment provides views of the Swetsville Zoo and access to the Poudre River, according to a news release from the city of Fort Collins.

Partnerships were key to both projects, according to the release.

The Arapaho Bend Natural Area section of the trail was funded by Great Outdoors Colorado and the city of Fort Collins. The work was coordinated by the city park planning and development and natural areas departments and completed by Connell Resources, Inc..

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Larimer County and the town of Tinmath coordinated the trail and trailhead improvements east of I-25. The work was funded by the county, town and GOCO and built by NORAA Concrete Construction Corp. Connell Resources, Inc did the trailhead.

GOCO has invested more than $47 million in outdoor projects and has helped to preserve more than 60,000 acres in Larimer County since 1994.

The region-wide vision for a complete Poudre Trail from Laporte to Greeley is nearly complete with only about four miles of trail and an I-25 underpass remaining, according to the release.