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Edwards park open in September

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Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Three years after work started on the Eagle River Preserve, the open space will be ready for the public in early September.

The first phase of the 72-acre site in Edwards will feature a new stream, and a series of ponds and wetlands with newly planted trees and shrubs.

The goal is to morph the land back to its natural condition, similar to the way it was 100 years ago when the valley’s population was largely farmers and ranchers, according to the Vail Valley Foundation, which spearheaded the fundraising campaign to save the parcel as open space.

“The work that has been done on Eagle River Preserve is incredible,” Foundation President Ceil Folz said. “To see in our lifetime the transformation of this property back to what it once was is an honor and privilege.”

Previously, the land was scarred from gravel mining, with chalky, hard-packed soil and sediment ponds, she said. Now, native wildlife such as fox, Canadian geese and even bears are returning to the area.

Benches and trails will wind through the preserve so people can enjoy the solitude of the park, said Cliff Simonton, senior planner for Eagle County.

“There will be plenty of opportunity to get away from everything, with rolling terrain, pathways, waterfalls, big trees and native vegetation and, of course, a beautiful pristine section of the Eagle River corridor,” he said.

Next up on the “to do” list is the final seeding of the site, and installing fencing, signs and benches. Organizers are asking civic groups and youth organizations to help with some of the labor. Some local construction companies have also offered to help.

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