2016 Accomplishments, Big Plans for 2017

A Letter from the Board President

Dear Friends,
2016 was another amazing year with a long list of accomplishments for Ute Valley Park. It took many organizations and individuals to make it all happen: Parks and open space professionals, local businesses, board members and other volunteers.

2016 Accomplishments:

West Ridge Trail: A new trail along the East face of the Western ridge was completed by volunteers and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, This is a fantastic trail that gains the Western ridge of the park and gives unobstructed views to the East and West.

East Loop Trail: With the $20,000 grant from REI we received last year the southern part of this loop trail was 90% completed. Finishing the bridge over the creek and connecting this trail to the newly constructed trail head on the HP
access road will be completed shortly.
 

Volunteers repaired existing trails:

More than 50 people volunteered a total of more than 504 hours on first and third Wednesdays to help improve the park we all love.

 

Ute Valley Park was the host site for the Blue Moon Trail Run Series:

In 2016 the Blue Moon Trail Run in Ute Valley Park was again a three-race series. An average of nearly 100 adults and kids ran in each race in June, July and August. The race series provided an affordable e
vent accessible to all abilities
* Had little to no physical impact on the park
* Minimized waste by promoting sound environmental policy
* Included healthy, local foods following the race

We continued our newspaper column and electronic newsletter:

The Park Place column launched in 2015 now appears bi-monthly in the Woodmen Edition. The focus of the column is to regularly provide information and photos about all things related to Ute Valley Park and the associated efforts of the Friends of Ute Valley Park.

Also, Friends of Ute Valley Park continue to receive a monthly email newsletter that highlights upcoming volunteer opportunities and other park news and events. Readers are welcome to submit story ideas for both the newspaper column and newsletter.

Big plans for 2017:


We’ll take a moment to celebrate this year’s accomplishments, but we can’t rest too long. We have big plans for 2017: We’ll finish the Ridge and East Loop trails, begin work on the Regional trail designated in the Master Plan, and repair erosion-damaged trails.

 
We’ll begin organized volunteer trail work in April. Watch for event notices on our Facebook page and in upcoming newsletters.
If you would like to hear a podcast I did for “Hiking Bob Falcone” about the history and work of the Friends of Ute Valley Park, here is the link: http://studio809radio.com/outdoors-with-hiking-bob-friends-of-ute-valley-park/

Here’s to another great year for Ute Valley Park!

 

Dan Woods
Friends of Ute Valley Park Board President

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