It seems like the Town staff have told us on a couple of occasions over recent years that “this is the last flood project.” But there are always “qualifications” to the statement… is it the last one funded by FEMA? is it the last one with GOCO funds? is it the last river project?
First, we went to Flood Recovery Manager Tracy Sanders. We took her list that she presented to the Board of Trustees at their bi-monthly meeting, and asked her if there were any changes to it. She reviewed it, and we have published it below.
The Black Bear Hole Project appears to be finished. At the beginning of September, the construction crew told us that they were done, and the next step was for the Town to put in signage. So, we went to the head of the Parks Department, and asked him for an update, as of mid-September.
“We are starting to wrap up the GOCO funded project for the improvements at the St. Vrain Corridor Trailhead at 2nd Avenue and the Black Bear Hole,” said Dave Cosgrove, Parks Director. “We had a ‘punch list’ walk at the beginning of September. The contractor should be finishing up with final details over the next one to two weeks. Currently there is no formal grand opening ceremony. Since the season is winding down, I think the hope was that the new landscape, seed and sod would have the fall and spring to settle in and be ready for next summer. We intend to keep the Black Bear Hole blocked off until contractors are completely finished on that side and sod has time to take-most likely through end of September.”
Photographs by Kathleen Spring
Black Bear Hole
DESCRIPTION OF TRAIL & PARK AREA: The trailhead is on the south side of the St. Vrain River, beginning at the 2nd Avenue bridge, walking east. The Clarifier Project marks the spot where walkers can turn and go north, crossing the Black Bear Hole bridge. On the north side of the river, there is a green lawn and large boulders for kayakers to use as part of this white-water section of the river. Continuing walking north, is the newly finished parking lot, which will charge parking fees. The restrooms are not in this parking lot; but, people will have to walk back across the bridge and down to the beginning of the trail to reach them.
========Parks Director Dave Cosgrove
A simple outline of the SCOPE OF THE PROJECT:
1. ) Black Bear Hole:
Streambank improvements, due to some heavy erosion
New decking on pedestrian bridge
New landscaping (trees and shrubs)/irrigation/sod
Parking lot/paid parking/kiosk – 18 spaces
Fencing/picnic site and park amenities
2.) St. Vrain Corridor Trailhead @ 2nd Avenue:
Parking lot – 113 spaces (will be paid parking next year–parking kiosk)
Landscape (trees and shrubs)/irrigation/seed
Flood Recovery Update (presented to BOT 9/6/22)
THE PROJECT: Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) funded project for Black Bear Hole (BBH) and
2nd Ave Trailhead improvements.
Expenses for this Construction Agreement are eligible for reimbursement through a GOCO
grant along with other grants and Town funds
The Flood Report was presented, by Flood Recovery Manager Tracy Sanders, to the Town Board of Trustees at the bi-monthly meeting 9/6/22. You can see the full report HERE.
Yet to be completed
Pedestrian Bridge at 4th & Evans: September 2022
US36/Broadway Improvements & Multi Modal Trail: Winter/Spring 2022/2023
Trail Extension: Spring/Summer 2023
Black Bear Hole: September 2022
Completed 2021/22 Projects
Backup Power for Eagle Canyon Lift Station
Backup Power for Public Works Operations Building
Stormwater Improvements for High St and Bohn Park
NOTE: Go to the Lyons Recorder ARTICLE in March 2022 to see the drawing showing the Broadway Modal trail.