Construction is underway on 7.5-miles of soft-surface trail that, when finished in the Fall of 2018, will connect existing public trails on Douglas County’s Bayou Gulch Open Space to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail.
The new trails are made possible through a mutually-beneficial, public private partnership between Douglas County and Two Bridges, LLC., developer of the new residential development near the Colorado Horse Park, south of Parker along I-83.
In response to the developer’s request that Douglas County accept the ownership and maintenance of the roadways within the Two Bridges residential development, Douglas County required the developer to provide a comparable public benefit. The resulting donation by the developer in October 2017 of 412-acres within the development led to the dedication of the land as open space property on which the 7.5-miles of new trail will be constructed, the acreage preserved as valuable wildlife habitat, and creation of a buffer between Bayou Gulch and the new residential development.
Now in its 24th year, the Douglas County Open Space Program, including the 412 Two Bridges land donation, has protected more than 63,000 acres in Douglas County through a combination of fee purchases and conservation easements, through partnerships with Great Outdoors Colorado, Colorado Division of Wildlife and Parks, land trusts, private landowners and others.
The Sales and Use Tax revenue generated by the voter-approved Douglas County Open Space Fund, dedicates revenues exclusively to the protection and maintenance of open space, as well as County parks. For every $1 of sales tax funds spent, the County has received $2.58 in partnership funding.
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