Walker Ranch Management Plan - Draft Presentation
Provide your input on trails at Walker Ranch:
Boulder County Parks and Open Space, the agency that manages Walker Ranch, has been developing a Walker Ranch Draft Management Plan. The plan will define management (including managing and improving the trail system) at Walker Ranch for the next 20+ years.
Over the last year or so, staff have been taking community input on the plan, including at a couple public meetings. They are presenting the draft plan at a meeting on May 7 -- this will be the last outreach meeting on the plan. After this meeting, it will be presented to the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee and Boulder County Commissioners for approval. The public will have opportunity to comment on the plan at these meetings.
Walker Ranch Management Plan Public Meeting
May 7, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Houston Room at the Clerk and Recorder's Office in Boulder (1750 33rd Street)
If you like to ride Walker Ranch and/or would like to provide your thoughts on the plan, please attend this meeting. The more mountain bikers who show up and offer constructive input, the better the outcome will be for all of us.
Generally, ask the planners to pay more attention to recreation and mountain bike needs. Unfortunately, the draft plan doesn’t put enough emphasis on recreation opportunities at Walker. BMA specifically asked for the items below, but the plan doesn't really address them. These are not just for BMA's interests -- these things are for the benefit of all trail users and recreationalists in Boulder County. If you go to the meeting, consider asking that one or more of these things be addressed (at the very least) in the plan (more detail on BMA's position here).
There are several opportunities for BCPOS staff to improve the existing trail system to improve the recreation experience and reduce user conflict.
1. Singletrack trail to Nederland (roads are not trails!)
2. Singletrack trail to Chapman (roads are not trails!)
3. Trail on Winiger Ridge
4. Rework existing singletrack in the Walker Ranch system to bring it up to current trailbuilding standards and improve the quality of the user experience
5. Expanding the trail network in areas (burn area for example)
6. Add alternate lines to the main loop to add challenge for advanced trail users or to allow families to recreate together
7. Add a play area/skills park at one of the trail heads
Remember, the more people we have who say the same thing, the more effective we will all be at getting what we want. So thanks!!
And if you're interested on the Eldo to Walker connection, check out the BMA news here.