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West Avon Preserve trails to close for season on Thursday

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Shawn Ellenbaum accelerates around a berm on Lee's Way in Avon earlier this year.

AVON —Town officials have announced upcoming trail closures in the West Avon Preserve to protect wildlife winter habitat. Closures will be in effect from Thursday through at least April 15 and apply to all multi-use trails except Our Backyard and PB&J.

Leading up to the posted closure period, the town advises trail users to not use the trails if they are muddy. With recent moisture and freeze-thaw cycles, Avon Planning Director Matt Pielsticker reminds users that "riding on a mud trail wrecks the trail. It leaves ruts, contributes to erosion and creates hard to fix trail surfaces."

There will be physical closure barriers and signs installed at trail entrances of closed trails. The PB&J and Our Backyard trails will remain open through the winter. These trails are best accessed from the Beaver Creek Point parking lot and O'Neal Spur Pocket Park, respectively.

For more information on the upcoming trail closures, contact Pielsticker by calling 970-748-4413 or emailing mpielsticker@avon.org.