The Chautauqua Meadow Trail in Boulder is one of the most popular destinations for hikers and cyclists alike. It is visited frequently by locals, but also tourists every season of the year. Yet with popularity comes a cost: denuded trails, disturbed vegetation and more pressing accessibility demands. Now, the City of Boulder, Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) has launched a new construction project to repair and restore some of its more important features.
Phillip Yates, a spokesman for OSMP, says the 2013 flood in Boulder the Chautauqua Meadow Trail began deteriorating rapidly. The trail widened, causing damage to surrounding vegetation. This is when the OSMP decided to demarcate the trail better and make further changes.
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Yates said: “It is important to remember this is one of our most visited areas of open space and over the years it has had to sustain a lot of traffic. What we are looking to do is have a minimal trail adjustment to minimize erosions and make it more sustainable.”
A huge aspect of the construction is to allow for more accessibility. He then added: “…the trail is going to be resurfaced, and we are going to make it available for people with disabilities to reach the gathering area.” The OSMP project is projected to be finished around late July and has a budget of almost $700k.