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Eagle tackling open space dilemma

Daily Staff Writer
Kathy Heicher/Enterprise photo The town of Eagle is asking residents about how its open space should be used. At the moment, motor bikes - despite the photo above - are prohibited.
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Eagle residents are invited to a public input session to figure out how recreactionalists of all stripes can use town open space without degrading the land.

Citizens will be asked to offer input on the following specific issues:

– Motor vehicle access through the town’s open space at Eagle Ranch to public lands beyond. Among the issues is the question of whether motor vehicle access be allowed, and if so, where, and what types – such as dirt bikes, ATVs, snowmobiles.



– Should there be more or less mountain bike access and if so, where?

– Hiking access.



– Equestrian access.

– Is a trailhead needed?

“We will have maps and information available showing how the open space is now managed, and what types of access routes are currently in use,” said Bill Heicher, open space coordinator for the town. Maps will be available to show how present and future trails connect with trails on public lands.



Other possible topics at the open house include the following possible trail connections:

– East Eagle – Bellyache to the ice rink-swimming pool complex.

– East Eagle to Road Gulch – southeast of Eagle, northeast of the Three Sisters.

– East Eagle to Trail Gulch – located off the Old Salt Creek Road.

– Trail connections across private lands into Hockett Gulch-west of Eagle.

Citizens will also have an opportunity to offer input on trails, the Eagle Ranch Homeowner’s 2004 Harsdscrabble Travel Management Survey, and season closures of specific open space areas.

“We are looking for specific comments and rationale,” said Heicher.

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Open space open house

What: The town of Eagle will host a public meeting to discuss access to public trails through town open space.

When: 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., May 20

Where: Eagle Town Hall, 200 Broadway

Written comments: Can be sent to Town of Eagle Open Space, P.O. Box 609, Eagle, Colo. 81631. Deadline for comments is May 31.

For more information: Contact Bill Heicher at the town of Eagle, 328-9654.

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