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Member to Member
less than 300 feet from the conservation
easement, reducing wildlife encounters.
The JCOS Trail Stewardship Team,
comprised of teenage summer employees, was vital to trail construction.

Visitors contributed
suggestions for the
names of new paths,
which came to be
known as Waggin' Trail,
Stagecoach Hollow Loop
and Bone-anza.

William Lebzelter is a Communications
Associate for Jefferson County Open Space,
Colorado (wlebzelt@co.jefferson.co.us).

William Lebzelter/Jefferson County Open Space

Trails crew members were empowered to innovate as the terrain
dictated. A pair of staircases, 22
and 79 steps each, were built where
grades reached 40 percent. The park
construction crew built and installed
log benches from beetle-kill pine
throughout the park. Many informal
paths remained open until the additional 2.4 miles of designated, sus-

tainable trails were completed and
signed. When the new trails opened,
visitor compliance and satisfaction
were very high; erosion and instances of trespassing, drastically reduced.
The community has been engaged
all along the way. Visitors contributed suggestions for the names of new
paths, which came to be known as
Waggin' Trail, Stagecoach Hollow
Loop and Bone-anza. Today, the
DOLA offers visitors 3.2 miles of sustainable trails, an upgraded six-acre
fenced " Bark Park " and all the amenities a visitor could desire - all completed two years ahead of schedule.
" It's a thing of beauty, " park visitor
Erik Bakke says. " The two stair features are a piece of art. As frequenters to the park since the early '90s,
we are thrilled to experience the park
daily with our mutts. "
For more information, visit www.
jeffco.us/parks/parks-and-trails/elkmeadow-dog-off-leash-area.

Volunteer trail builders created a series of staircases and ADA-accessible trails throughout the formerly overrun park.
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