AVON — The town of Avon is seeking input from the community on plans to construct approximately 6.5 miles of new, mixed-use mountain biking and hiking trails in the West Avon Preserve, a parcel between Wildridge and Singletree which was part of a multi-party land exchange that was finalized last year. The 478 acres of open space was placed in a conservation easement held by the Eagle Valley Land Trust and is now managed by the town of Avon. Both the Land Trust and the town are required to approve any new trails in the Preserve. Hiking, biking and horseback riding are currently allowed uses. Motorized vehicle use is not allowed on Preserve trails.
Residents of Avon and Singletree are asked to attend one of three open houses to provide feedback on the proposed mountain biking and hiking trails. The Avon Community Development Department will host the open houses on:
• May 6 at town hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m., as a work session with the Avon Planning and Zoning Commission.
• May 7 at the Wildridge fire station from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
• May 10 at the Wildridge fire station from noon to 3 p.m.
The Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association has constructed the Singletree Connector Trail and is in the process of completing the new Saddleridge Trail in the Preserve. Both are single-track, multi-use trails. The mountain bike association has presented to the Avon Town Council a proposed new set of trails which include approximately six miles of dirt, single-track, and the reclamation of a half-mile of double-track trail to Beaver Creek Point. The majority of the trails would be constructed starting in June, with the balance constructed next summer. Both contractor and volunteer work is planned.
The town council is expected to take action on the proposed trails at its May 13 meeting. The information gathered at the open houses will be provided to the council before that meeting.