Land Use committee meets to discuss trails
The latest meeting of Fowler's Comprehensive Land Use Plan committee focused on recreational opportunities for the area. Community members met Thursday evening with Hugh Osborne from the National Park Service where options for hiking trails in and around Fowler were discussed.
Osborne, a specialist in trail construction, has worked on numerous projects in Colorado, including Bent's Fort and Lamar. Osborne explained details of the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program offered by the National Parks Service. Under the terms of the program communities or organizations are offered help ranging from simple consultations to long-term planning and technical assistance.
A review of Fowler's Comprehensive Land Use Plan indicates at least two trail options in the area are addressed. One is development of a path around the 4-mile square south of town. The square has long been used by community members for biking, running and walking, and developers of the plan believe a safe, designated trail around the square would be beneficial. The other trail discussed is actually an extension of an existing trail which begins at Cottonwood Links Golf Course. Ideally that trail would be lengthened to follow along the south bank of the Arkansas River.
Following discussion of logistics, construction material and finances, committee members decided the first step regarding trails in the area should be to educate the public about the existing trail. Constructed several years ago, the trail begins at the west side of the parking lot at Cottonwood Links Golf Course. Open to the public, the path meanders around the golf course, eventually ending in town.
Before closing the meeting Thursday evening, plans for a recreation center at Park School were briefly discussed. Town Administrator Wayne Snider said the architect is preparing to draw some preliminary plans and would like to know what things the community wishes to have included, in addition to a swimming pool. Those at the meeting agreed workout facilities are a must. Community members are encouraged to contact Wayne Snider with suggestions or ideas.