PHASE 1 Urban Single Track Trail: DAKOTA SPRINGS TRAIL SYSTEM
On October 20, 2016, the Pagosa Springs Town Council unanimously approved a motion to budget for the 2017 construction of the revised Phase 1 Urban Single Track Trail. Tony Boone LLC, who was awarded the bid, has constructed an amazing multi loop trail system behind the High School. Check out the map and go ride this super sweet trail!
DUST2, TOPS and the ASD have finalized, approved and signed the Phase 1 maintenance agreement which defines the legal responsibilities of each partner.
PHASE 2 Urban Single Track Trail: UPDATES!
In May of 2017, DUST 2 hired Amy Sharp of Sparrow Trails to apply for a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Non-Motorized Trail grant. The goal of this grant was to hire Tony Boone to lead construction of Phase II trails, connecting Yamaguchi Park to Reservoir Hill Trail network, with the construction of eight additional trails on Reservoir Hill. These monies would also be used to supply signs and tools for the project. The Phase 2 proposal, unanimously approved by the Pagosa Springs Town Council, was also about maintaining our long-term commitment and relationship with the Town.
In February 2018, DUST2 was informed that our project had not been recommended for funding by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Grant Review Committee. While disappointed, we were determined to move forward with a scaled-down version of the Phase 2 project. The board of directors held a special meeting to determine next steps and develop a revised Phase 2 plan and budget. With the Town of Pagosa Springs (TOPS) agreeing to allow DUST2 the use of the trail easements and in-kind donations that we had requested for the CPW grant, we were abel to revise the project so that the community still gets the core elements of the original Phase 2 proposal without the CPW funds. Our updated budget goal was $30,000 that we would be requesting from the following sources: $20,000 from Archuleta County $5000 from the Pagosa Area Tourism Board (PATB) $5000 in private donations from individuals and businesses. With the easements and in-kind donations from TOPS in addition to the contributions above, DUST2 will be able to:
- Contract with a professional trail builder Constructs the first half of the proposed 2.2 miles of professionally engineered single track trail on Res Hill with connector route to Phase 1.
- Continue development of the second half of Phase 2 trails on Reservoir Hill.
- In addition to the funds above, we will also be asking TOPS for matching funds to complete the second half of Phase 2.
To date, the Board Of County Commissioners, in a 2:1 vote, agreed to allocate $15,000.00 from Conservation Trust Funds for the construction of our revised Phase 2 project. In addition to this, the Pagosa Area Tourism Board, Pagosa Outside, Citizens Bank, The Richardson Family, Sherpa Real estate, First Southwest Bank, Pagosa Mountian Sports and the Sewell Family, together donated $9600.00 in previous pledges, successfully funding our revised Phase 2 project.
Tony Boone has stated that he does want to contract with DUST2 to construct our Phase 2 trails and will be available late summer to early fall.
Amy Sharp has offered to re-write the grant pro-bono for submission in 2019. We will be in discussions with Amy Sharp and the Town Of Pagosa Springs to develop a plan of action for 2019 construction.
Donations made to DUST2’s Urban Single Track Trails have thier own identifier in PayPal and will be earmarked accordingly in our budget to be used only for the development and improvement of our Urban Single Track Trail Initiative. If you would like to specify further, DUST2 will use your funds only for your specific request.
Unless otherwise specified, all donations to DUST2 will go into our “general donation” fund to be used at the discretion of the Board of Directors.