Bob Furman, left, and Randy Sackett, right, of Civil Design Consultants, work Thursday with Don Garner, middle, of Jag’s Enterprises, at the site of an extension of the Yampa River Core Trail.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Bob Furman, left, and Randy Sackett, right, of Civil Design Consultants, work Thursday with Don Garner, middle, of Jag’s Enterprises, at the site of an extension of the Yampa River Core Trail.

Yampa River Core Trail work starts

Addition to begin behind Walton Pond and head upstream

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Parks and recreation veterans get new job titles

Veteran Parks and Recreation supervisors Jeff Nelson and Craig Robinson have seen changes in their job descriptions recently, but they will remain active in familiar roles.

Chris Wilson, director of the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department, said Thursday that Robinson would assume administrative duties for the city’s Brent Romick Rodeo Arena and Howelsen Hill ski area in addition to his administrative duties for trails and open space in the city.

Nelson will give up administrative duties for the rodeo and ski venues while retaining the role of project foreman in those areas. He also will act in the foreman’s role on trails and open space projects.

Wilson said the change is in keeping with the goal of the recently adopted Parks and Rec master plan, which envisions how the department will grow and merge some of its five existing divisions. For example, he said, the current ice arena division likely is to be merged into the recreation division.

The era of hiring freezes and furloughs adds to the desirability of the current changes, Wilson said. He explained that with a smaller crew, Robinson’s role of foreman on trails and open space had diminished.

“I’m excited that we can keep and blend the skills and abilities of two employees and achieve greater efficiency for the public,” Wilson said.

— Excavating crews took advantage of the unseasonably mild weather this week to launch construction of a $374,000 extension of the Yampa River Core Trail on the city’s south side.

The city of Steamboat Springs is using grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and the Colorado Department of Transportation to add 3,200 feet to the trail. The new segment begins behind Walton Pond Apartments and the U.S. Forest Service headquarters and travels upstream along the river to Dougherty Road adjacent to the Steamboat Christian Center.

The trail will be paved in concrete to a width of 10 feet. The work includes restoration of wetlands along the river.

The new segment of the trail does not offer direct access to the river, Craig Robinson said. He supervises rodeo, ski area, trails and open space for the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department.

“We’re definitely looking to complete the trail and replace wetlands this fall,” Robinson said. “If we can get the concrete done, that would be great.”

If concrete cannot be poured before winter weather sets in, the crews will aim to do that work next spring before high water. That would be necessary to meet the deadline specified in the GOCo grant.

The successful bidder on the trail work was Jag’s Enterprises, of Greeley, with offices in Steamboat.

Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said Jag’s has done a variety of projects for the city throughout the past several years.

The new construction will link the current southern terminus of the paved portion of the trail at the bridge over Walton Creek next to South Side Station.

A soft surface trail exists on the south side of the pedestrian bridge. It runs across an undeveloped commercial lot and then through open space in front of South Side Station convenience store and finally, the U.S. Forest Service headquarters.

The trail easement makes a 90-degree turn before it reaches the parking lot of the Steamboat Hotel — formerly Super 8 — and leads west through a lightly used portion of the parking lot at Walton Pond Apartments before reaching the river.

The existing trail turns right again and heads downstream, but Robinson said the new extension will make a left turn at that point and roughly parallel the river upstream behind the Bunkhouse Lodge, Majestic Valley townhomes and River Place residential subdivision until it reaches Dougherty Road. It is a private road at that juncture, and the trail dead ends there.

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