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Gypsum, Eagle eye Hardscrabble area soft trails network

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What: Gypsum Conceptual Recreational Trails Plan Community Open House

When: Tuesday, April 11

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Gypsum Community Development offices

Details: Local recreationalists are invited to comment on the proposed Hardscabble area network.

GYPSUM — For more than a century, the destinies of the towns of Gypsum and Eagle often have intertwined.

In the near future, the two towns may find themselves linked in a whole new way.

On Tuesday, April 11, the town of Gypsum is hosting a community open house to discuss a recreational trails plan involving the U.S. Bureau of Land Management property between Eagle and Gypsum.

Officials and residents from both communities are excited about the possibility of a soft trails network that would link the towns.

“We see this as an opportunity to do something special here,” said Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll.

Because Gypsum hasn’t focused attention on mountain biking the way Eagle has, Shroll noted the open house is an opportunity for all user groups to comment on the idea. That means bikers, motorized vehicle users and hikers are welcome.

“I think we have the resources — the public — that knows the area,” said Shroll. “We are going to ask the public to help us plan. That’s the kind of relationship we want to have with people.”

Invitations sent

During a discussion with the Gypsum Town Council last week, consultant Amy Cassidy said she has reached out to a number of groups with a special invitation to attend the Gypsum open house. That list includes government officials from the towns, county, state and BLM; members of the Hardscrabble Trails Coalition; members of the Vail Valley Trails Connection and the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association; members of the Rocky Mountain Sports Riders and local recreationalists.

The presentation will include an overview of the conceptual recreationalists’ trails plan and information about related projects with a focus on the Hardscrabble planning area. A list of questions and comments for BLM representatives will be compiled and participants will have a chance to offer feedback regarding the proposed uses.

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