If you’ve been with Open Boulder since our founding, you know that creating a balance between passive recreation and conservation for Open Space is one of our core principles. To that end, we’ve been working on the North Trail Study Area process for more than a year now.
We need your help before next Tuesday to ask City Council to vote for the draft plan for the North TSA, which was approved by the Open Space Board of Trustees in March after a long, intensive process and many compromises. Your email to Council could be the one that tips the scales.
Background on the North TSA
This is the process of deciding how all of the city’s Open Space lands North of town will be managed, and what trails and use will be allowed. The areas covered include Wonderland Lake, Boulder Reservoir, and the newly acquired and magnificent Joder Ranch property, a former horse ranch west of Highway 36.
One trail that’s in the proposal is the North Sky Trail, which connects the city with Joder west of US36. About two thirds of it already exists along an old railroad bed, a social trail used for decades by runners, hikers, and equestrians. The remaining third would be a new connection placed along the fence-line of the industrial site that includes McGuckins’ warehouse. It’s a crucial connection, a missing piece in the long-dreamed-of Boulder to Lyons trail, and it’s gorgeous. The alternative to that alignment – which we oppose – would necessitate crossing US 36 twice and use an existing, muddy track that is rarely walked, northwest of Boulder Valley Ranch.
The North Sky Trail is well worth the effort of putting a sustainable path through this stunning scenery. Next Tuesday night, however, City Council has an opportunity to overrule the proposed plan, including the North Sky Trail, and they’re being pushed hard to do so.
That’s why we’re asking for you to get involved.
Click here to see what you can do. Write a letter to Council, to the Daily Camera, or show up at the Municipal Building (1777 Broadway) on Tuesday at 6pm (sign up early online), to speak for your 2 minutes.
99% of the work is done, now we need YOU to take us over the finish line!