Hot Sulphur looks into new bridge linking town, park
Sky-Hi Daily News
The town of Hot Sulphur Springs received a $15,000 Great Outdoors Colorado grant to study the possibility of a pedestrian bridge to connect the town with Pioneer Park.
The park currently has one access route at Grand Avenue, where an existing bridge leads to the park and the town’s hot springs. About 50 feet of the land that accesses the park, however, is owned by the railroad, and town officials are concerned that the railroad could decide to expand in the future.
If that happens, the town would no longer have access to the park, which provides fishing, camping and picnicking for many locals.
Hot Sulphur Springs Mayor Herschel Deputy and the town’s board of trustees are working with Grand Environmental Services to develop details and plans for a bridge and connecting trails.
Due to a growing population, the town is looking for ways to enhance its trail system and provide safer access to parks and recreation.
“We have been blessed with an influx of younger families with children, so we have a lot more family activity,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Susan Whitefeather. “We also have more traffic in general on Highway 40.”
These reasons, and several others, are why the town is looking at building a bridge to link the east end of Pioneer Park with the rest of the town.
The town is also looking to have trail access between Pioneer Park and the town park, and between the town park and U.S. 40 through a pedestrian culvert in the future.
The projects will be done in stages, depending on funding.
“We’re really looking at developing a walking and bicycling loop around town, hooking everything together,” Whitefeather added.
The town is in the beginning stages of the project and is looking to hold a public meetings in the next couple of months to collect comments and concerns from residents.
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