How we approach this work
Guided by the Master plan created in 2005, we divide the trail into sections and create priorities.
Building on these priorities and sections, we work with public entities to advise and assist them in securing funding for the Planning and Design and then for the Contruction fothe trail, working ection by section and being strategic in the approach. Working with entities like GoCo to be a part of their work to imporve acces to outdoor recreation or with CDOT to increase the power of every dollar spent by combining trail building with highway or road improvements, are examples.
Design & Planning
Design and Planning is not just sketching lines on a map. to create a viable proposal for the location of a trail, significant research and legwork needs to take place.
Every section of land consider for the trail is likely to have multiple owenrship cenarios in place from being part of the rich-of-way for a federal, county, municipal or state roadway to private ownership to open space to forest service or other public land. Determing that, and exploring wheher those statuses may or may not preclude trail building is complex and time consuming.
Walk the terrain
Each section must visited physically by a team of designers, project managers engineers and other experts.
Propose an alignment
Once that work is done, we have enough informatin to say, "ok, we think this location could work". But that is only part of determining where the trail will go.
Once we have a reasonably well informed proposed trail location, the local community weighs in.
Finalize trail alignment
With support from the community we can finalize the trail location. Without that support we we will go back to the drawing board and explore other locations. There may or may not be viable options and ultiamtely it will be up to public entities, either the county or municipality to decide how to balance community support, or lack thereof, with the overall costs and potetnial beenifts to the community and the commitments already in place.
A new round of funding must be in place to build the trail. The CCGA gain, helps coordinate the pursuit of such funds so to better leverage our requests by making ure they are coordinated and transparent.
Once trails are under construction, the CCGA plays a critical role in keeping the community informed of any issues that affect access or driving.