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The town has an existing network of paved and “soft-surface” trails throughout the town that accommodates a variety of users - from hikers, to walkers, road bikers, mountain bikers, in-line skaters and babies in strollers. The 1994 Open Lands Plan envisioned the concept of a trail system between neighborhoods “similar to trails found in the Alps where interconnected trails allow hikers to move around and to mountain villages,” with trailheads in each neighborhood. Trails provide both recreational opportunities and the ability for individuals to access and enjoy the town’s open lands and adjoining USFS lands. But if not sensitively designed and constructed, the development of new trails also brings with it the potential for adverse impacts from things like site disturbance, erosion and introducing human activity to wildlife habitat.
11/9/2017 9:54 AM
Re: any trail linking CC1 & CC2 using the existing social trail segment above the Vail Memorial Park & below the Peregrine nest ledge directly above the Park.
I am adamantly opposed to construction of a soft surface trail on this segment suitable for mountain biking for 3 reasons:
1.A mountain bike & expanded hiking trail at his location would likely drive out the only Peregrine pair in Vail as the peak period of cycling is exactly when the pair are raising their annual brood, late March through July. The birds are extremely sensitive to human intrusions at this time.
2. Peak time for family memorial services & visits at the Memorial Park is also at the same time as that for mountain bike activity. Particularly as some cyclists have in the past chosen to use the memorial markers as a bike obstacle course resulting in some damage, establishing a full-blown bike trail at this location is most insensitive. These are not compatible uses of that quiet space and its environs.
3. There is a valid and viable alternative routing sparing both the close intrusion on the Peregrines and on the Memorial Park. Already considered but not adopted is dropping the mountain bike trail down to the existing asphalt trail and using it to connect to the next segment of the East Vail Water Tank trail portion. This could be done easily just a few 100 yds. west of the Memorial Park & nest cliff.
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