Youth Corps pitches in to help finish Fraser River Trail |

Youth Corps pitches in to help finish Fraser River Trail

Special to the Sky-Hi News
Winter Park, CO Colorado
Courtesy photoRuss Chameroy, Winter Park Public Works director, shows Park Rocky Mountain Youth Corps members how to install diamond piers used as a foundation for a boardwalk section of the Fraser River Trail.

The Towns of Winter Park and Fraser are working in partnership with Rendezvous Colorado LLC and the Grand County Water and Sanitation District No. 1 to construct the final section of the Fraser River Trail between the communities.

The trail is being constructed by the Public Works departments of both towns and by the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, a non-profit organization that engages youth in the outdoors, inspiring them to use their strengths and potential to lead healthy, productive lives.

The towns received a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado to hire the Youth Corps for two weeks. About 10 young adults from around the United States helped to build a boardwalk through wetlands, providing the final handwork along the edges of the trail.

Once completed, trail users will have the ability to travel along the east side of the highway from the north end of Fraser to Winter Park Resort without crossing the highway. This section of trail will be exceptional as it will traverse along three ponds, cross three wetland areas and provide the user with a sense of the fragile ecosystem that surrounds the Fraser River.

The trail is anticipated to be open to the public in late October.

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