What’s in a name? Winter Park asks locals to label new trail
WINTER PARK – Mountain bikers in the Winter Park area now have a new trail to test out and it will be up to them, as well as any other creative thinkers in town, to name it.
The town of Winter Park is asking the public to name the new trail, which is an 8,500 foot downhill flow trail located in the Vasquez and Leland Creek area. It’s a one-way trail that connects the Akima’s Way trail to Sundog.
“There was room to expand the trails over there and it’s a good connector,” said Gerry Vernon, capital projects parks and trails manager for the town.
So far, the town has received a couple hundred suggestions. There are no naming guidelines, but other trails in the area have dog-themed names.
Vernon said the town decided to let the public name the trail because it was an interactive way to raise awareness about the new trail.
“It’s kind of our first new trail in a while and so there was lots of input and we thought it would be fun to allow the public to name it,” he said.
Anyone will be able to suggest names until Friday, Aug. 24. Then town staff will sort through the suggestions and pick finalists, which will be announced by the middle of September. The public will be able to vote on the finalists and the town hopes to have a winner by the end of next month.
What makes the trail unique is that it is one of the few downhill flow trails in the area. It is primarily for mountain bikers, but as long as hikers are aware of their surroundings and going the correct direction, they are welcome to use the trail as well, Vernon said.
The new trail came about thanks to a town project to diversify and improve trails. Money raised through specific sales tax that go to transportation and trails funded the project. It was budgeted for $46,500 from last year’s funds.
“That sales tax provides needed revenue for the expansion and maintenance of our trail system,” Vernon said. “This is just one thing that (shows) the town is putting those funds to great use and trails are getting to be one of our best amenities for the summer.”
Though some finishing touches still need to be made, like adding more boardwalk on wet areas throughout the path, Vernon said he has heard positive feedback from those who have already used the trail.
“It’s been received great by the mountain bike community, a lot of folks love it,” he said. “It’s a good addition into our trail system.”
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