High Plains Trail Project Receives $2 Million GOCO Grant
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) recently awarded more than $2 million in grant funding toward the High Plains Trail Project, which will fill in a major regional trail gap located at the north end of the Town of Parker.
The award, $2,005,000 in total, is part of GOCO’s Connection Initiative, which aims to close critical gaps in trail networks across the state of Colorado. The Connection Initiative has awarded more than $28 million toward such projects in three rounds of funding over the last several years.
The High Plains Trail is part of the recent E-470 Widening Project that stretched from Parker Road to Quincy Avenue and opened in 2018. The E-470 Authority designed, funded and constructed the regional trail from Quincy Avenue to approximately the county line between Arapahoe and Douglas Counties during the road widening project.
The remaining gap in the High Plains Trail is planned to continue due west at the Arapahoe/Douglas County line (south of Ireland Way), separating from the E-470 corridor and crossing through the future Kings Point development in Aurora, including a grade separated overcrossing of Parker Road. Once the trail crosses over Parker Road, it will connect with the existing Cherry Creek Trail, where trail users can head north on the Cherry Creek Trail or head south and connect with the existing Centennial Trail within Parker to continue west.
Additional funding for the design and construction of this remaining phase of the project, including the overpass of Parker Road, is a joint effort between the Town of Parker, Arapahoe County, the City of Aurora and Douglas County. The E-470 Authority has also contributed funding to help close the trail’s remaining gap. The project is currently in the design phase for the trail overcrossing of Parker Road and alignment of the route through the future Kings Point development. It is anticipated that construction could begin as early as 2021.
For more information on this project, visit www.ParkerRec.com/HighPlainsTrail or contact Project Administrator Dennis Trapp at email@example.com or 303.841.0353.