Erie Parks and Recreation achieves objectives to boost biking alternatives – Colorado Hometown Weekly
Parks and Recreation Director Patrick Hammer introduced to the Erie Board of Trustees on Tuesday that his employees has achieved the objectives specified by the City Board within the 2020 Work Plan to boost leisure biking alternatives all through the city.
This was executed by way of capital challenge planning, enhanced upkeep, regional and native partnerships and neighborhood programming, in accordance with Hammer’s presentation.
“What we’re actually specializing in is 4 main tasks this yr to extend biking,” stated Hammer. “One would be the set up of an asphalt pump observe … we expect it’s going to be an excellent amenity and actually spherical out that northern finish of the park.”
Designs for the pump observe have been defined as a looped system of rolling hills and banked turns that enable riders to enhance core stability, driving abilities and endurance. The observe ought to be completed in a few yr on the Erie Group Park, in accordance with Hammer. Wayfinding signage will even be put in earlier than the top of the yr alongside the Coal Creek Path close to the brand new disc golf course and alongside the only observe trails to speak applicable trails for brand spanking new bike riders.
Extra capital tasks embrace a UDC language replace that reinforces code necessities throughout the current UDC for builders to construct backbone trails, and the set up of a path phase over a waterline from the Compass neighborhood to N. 119th St.
“Different issues that we’re taking a look at are issues like including potential striping on the aspect of the highway or doing non permanent delineators till extra formal path connections will be constructed,” stated Hammer. “Once we have a look at our total backbone path community, having a connection by way of there to get residents round is completely a precedence.”
After a security evaluation by a employed advisor and strolling by way of the path system, the division realigned a number of path segments, added signage and decommissioned unsafe path areas to make sure the park labored for starting and superior bike riders. Hammer additionally mentioned how they created commonplace upkeep procedures and lately fashioned a singletrack working group with the neighborhood and OSTAB.
As a part of their regional and native partnerships, the division can be evaluating most well-liked path alignment with Boulder County for phase 4 of the RTD Regional Path challenge. Phase 4 runs from Freeway 287 to County Line Highway in Erie. Hammer believes this challenge will enable connectivity between Erie and different communities.
Hammer concluded his presentation discussing recreation programming similar to Little Bella’s Mountain Bike Program, that helps younger ladies notice their potential by way of biking utilizing Leigh Park, Erie Singletrack and native trails, and Strider Bike Derby, hosted by Parks and Recreation employees for ages 2-5 to advertise bicycling and interact youth in an exercise they’ll get pleasure from all through their lifetime.
Hammer defined that regardless of challenges created by COVID-19, they did wish to make an effort to enhance leisure programming.
“I can’t inform you how excited I’m about this,” stated Mayor Professional Tem Adam Haid in response to Hammer’s presentation. “That is one in all my very own passions and I’m fully ecstatic concerning the course the city’s going.”