MTB community sharing session on Area 28
Join us for an MTB community sharing session on Area 28 in Idaho Springs
We invite you to join us to discuss what you would like to see in Area 28, a rugged open space park near Idaho Springs. As a local rider, you have the opportunity to give your comments and recommendations to make this park a unique trail system. Join COMBA, the Colorowdies and other local ride groups to plan the next big adventure.
The session will kickoff at 5:45pm with brief introductions to the project leaders, an overview of the current Trail Concept Plan, a summary of the project status and a Q&A session. We will then ask for your feedback and input on various aspects of the project at stations around the room.
Bring a friend, grab a cold New Terrain beer, and help us craft the vision for the next great place to ride your bike in the Front Range!
The vision for Area 28 (or Virginia Canyon Park) is a recreational park located along the northern hillsides of the City of Idaho Springs to be developed as a world class destination for hiking and mountain biking. The Park is conceptualized to have connections from the Clear Creek Greenway and Virginia Canyon Road / Central City.
In order to determine the political climate and actual feasibility, Idaho Spring's staff organized a meeting to discuss the project. This meeting was well attended and included several members of the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA), Team Evergreen (both associations representing thousands of bicyclists), a local bike shop, 6 individuals with Clear Creek County, THK Associates, and the Clear Creek Tourism Bureau. The results of this meeting were overwhelmingly positive, with all individuals voicing their support for staff to move forward and a list of action items.
COMBA began assessing potential trails connections of the area, and completed a Concept Plan that details approximately 15 miles of trails for hikers and bikers.
In July of 2017, staff presented the concept to the City Council, who strongly supported the proposed park and directed staff to move forward with the project. In July, the Board of Directors of the Clear Creek Greenway Authority also voiced their support of the concept and expressed their willingness to participate in the project. The City intends to begin planning and design through individual grants and donations, with hopes to begin construction of the first trail segments in late 2018 or early 2019.
A view from the top of Argo Incline.