Grand Lake Trail Hub dedication
August 17, 2016
Grand Avenue runs through the center of Grand Lake, lined on either side with a creaking wooden boardwalk and a range of shops and eateries capitalizing on the wandering masses of summer tourists. It's also the central artery in the spidery circuitry of trails that extend out from Grand Lake into Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapahoe National Forest Land.
The boardwalk on Grand Ave. is an official section of the Continental Divide Trail, which follows the spine of the country from the New Mexico-Mexico border in the south to the Montana-Canada border in the north. Two years ago, several members of the Grand Lake Rotary Club wanted to improve the connection between the town and the trails that run through it. They came up with a plan to repurpose what had been the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theater's box office, located in Town Square Park, as a "trail hub," a space that would connect the town to the wild places that surround it.
On Saturday, August 13, the project was officially dedicated with a ribbon cutting by Grand Lake Mayor Jim Peterson. Rotary president and Town Trustee Steve Kudron spoke to a small crowd gathered on the boardwalk outside the structure, thanking members that had contributed to the project and drawing on some of the highlights of the facility, including maps with QR codes that allow them to be downloaded onto a mobile phone.
"This place is a gold mine of trails, and people barely even know it," said Geoff Elliott, a long-time Rotary member who, along with Avis Gray, initiated the project.
The project was paid for with funds from the rotary-sponsored rubber duck race in June and grant money from Rotary International.