Walker Ranch Management Plan Open House #2

Event Date: 
2012/11/14 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Walker Ranch Management Plan Open House #2

On November 14th, Boulder County's Parks and Open Space Department held an open house to present some draft management plans for the Walker Ranch area.  "Management proposal" = how to care for the land, where trails go, as well as who gets to use what trails.  BMA asked mountain bikers to turn out to show there support for sustainable trails at Walker Ranch which are accessible to mountain bikes as well as other users.  As you can see in the below photo, the room was packed to the gills. You can probably count a bunch of people with helmet hair in there, because we showed up in force!

Comments from attendies ran the gambit (as usual), but we were able to come out in support of many things that our community has been long going on about:

 

  • Connect Walker to Eldorado State Park, Nederaland, and City of Boulder
  • Maintain the technically challenging nature of the trails at Walker
  • Reroute as many of the dirt road sections as possible - give us more singletrack
  • Make Meyer's Gulch into a trail instead of a boring road
  • Add a new trail in the burned out area since it isn't currently a sensitive area
  • Create multiple "lines" on the trail that offer the choice of technical challenge
Overall, while anti-cycling sentiment was expressed, the overwhelming number of comments were supportive of improving the experience there for all users, .

 

 

room packed with people

You can review the Staff presentation using this link, or go to the Walker Ranch Management Plan Update webpage.

After the meeting, a few mtn bike advocacy addicts moved on to post-meeting drinks at Salt where they strategized about BMA's next move.  The BMA Advocacy Team is planning mightily; when we have more info, we'll link to it from here.  (or just search this website for Walker Ranch).

Thank you to those who took the time to show up!  As Advocacy Director Mike Barrow is fond of saying, the world is run by those who show up.

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