JCOS Meeting will Address Open Space Flood Recovery, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The extreme flooding in Colorado caused severe trail damage and the subsequent closure of several trails, and two Jeffco Open Space Parks in their entirety. As extensive repair work has taken place and volunteer efforts have aided in the recovery, only one park (Apex Park) will remain closed into 2014. Jeffco Open Space is holding an information meeting to discuss the status of flood recovery efforts and plans slated for next year. 

This public meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19th, from 6-8pm, at American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401, in the conference room. 

Jeffco Open Space will provide a briefing on flood damage including the Apex Park closure, White Ranch Park trail closures and conditions, and North Table Mountain Park trail closures and conditions. The presentation will include our plan and project strategy, as well as involvement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Following the presentation, staff experts will be available for one-on-one questions regarding trails and repair work occurring in the three parks. Information on individual and group flood recovery involvement will also be presented. 

Apex Park suffered the greatest flood damage and will require an in-depth recovery process. Apex trail, the main artery for park, has gullies up to 8 feet wide, mounds of boulders, and long stretches where all the soil has been washed away. The Jeffco Open Space Trails Crew has assessed all 8.2 trail miles in the 697-acre park and identified hazards and problem areas throughout the trail system. The work to reopen the entire park will be comprehensive and is estimated to extend into 2014. View photos of the flood damage at Apex Park

To sign up for Apex Park updates, please email: apexpark@jeffco.us





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