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Our View: Avon trail network a welcome addition

Vail Daily Editorial Board

A complex land exchange completed last year assured that the hills of sagebrush between Wildridge and Singletree will be preserved as open space forever.

Now a volunteer-driven plan aims to put nearly eight miles of trails on this 478-acre parcel, which is centrally located between Avon and Edwards, the upvalley population centers. The trails would be used for hiking, biking and horseback riding, but have been driven especially by local mountain bikers.

Just as active citizens pushed for trail creation in Eagle and Fruita, the Avon plan is being driven by local trail enthusiasts who are willing to volunteer their time to put in the hard work to build the trails.

They have already put their ideas into action, building the Avon-Singletree Connector Trail, which runs along Interstate 70, and the Saddle Ridge trail, which connects with the Wildridge neighborhood and is now being completed.

On these nice spring days, there are already dozens of people who hike and bike the trail between Avon and Singletree daily.

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We are an active mountain community that values access to trails and the outdoors. While we have no shortage of trails, these proposed trails would be especially convenient to much of the upvalley population.

Add this proposal to the already stellar network in Eagle — as well as trails in Vail and Beaver Creek — and Eagle County is well positioned to be a mountain biking destination. In fact, local biking advocates have their eyes set on earning the designation of a Ride Center from the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

Kudos to Avon for stepping up and proposing to spend $90,000 this year for trail design and construction. Avon is gathering citizen input May 7 at the Wildridge fire station from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and again May 10 from noon to 3 p.m.

Hopefully Avon and Edwards residents will support this proposal and have a nice trail network out their back doors by next summer.

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