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New trail connection open to the public on South Platte River Trail

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BRIGHTON — A new trailhead opened to the public Friday, June 6, at 136th Avenue and Brighton Road, providing access to about 3.5 miles of the South Platte River Trail from the Adams County Regional Park to 120th Avenue.

“Not only is this project a good use of public money, it also provides a link to an important resource in the county, adding another convenient connection for citizens to enjoy the South Platte River Trail that Adams County constructed and maintains,” said Commissioner Chaz Tedesco. “In a cost-saving mode, and with interdepartmental cooperation, the county constructed the trail, parking lot and access road using in-house resources rather than contracting for outside services.”

Construction of the trail, parking lot, and access road was completed by Adams County staff. Specifically, the concrete trail and landscaping was done by the Parks Dept.; the gravel parking lot and access road was constructed by the Transportation Dept. - Highways Section, and the signage was installed by the Transportation Dept. - Traffic Section.

The county purchased 2.7 acres of private property at 136th Avenue and Brighton Road for $79,500 in order to provide this connection and trailhead parking lot. The funding source for this project was the Adams County Open Space Sales Tax.

The Open Space Sales Tax was approved by Adams County voters in 1999. The sales tax is ¼ of 1 percent, or 25 cents on every $100 purchase, and is authorized through 2026. Proceeds from the sales tax benefit parks, recreation and open space projects countywide.