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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Brighton working to fill a missing gap along the Colorado Front Range Trail

CFRT walking

Work is now underway at Ken Mitchell Park. In June, construction began on the Brighton section of the  Colorado Front Range Trail (CFRT) which, once complete, will be a trail from Brighton through Denver to Chatfield Reservoir.

The trail will be adjacent to the South Platte River and wind south through Ken Mitchell Open Space until it connects to the present trail at E-470. The trail construction will include two-and-a-half miles of 10-foot wide concrete pathways, fencing around private property, seeding of native grass, benches and interpretive signs.  The project will also include construction of two miles of soft surface trail around Ken Mitchell Lake.  This regional segment of the Colorado Front Range Trail is anticipated to be complete in September 2019.

The City of Brighton has received two grants for this project: Great Outdoors Colorado and Adams County Open Space are both contributing to the overall cost of $1,095,698. The remainder of the funding will come from the city’s Recreation Capital Fund. 

The Brighton City Council awarded the CFRT Project to Millstone Weber, LLC on Feb. 19. 

About Colorado Front Range Trail

In 2002, Colorado State Parks began the ambitious project of developing the CFRT: a multipurpose trail corridor from New Mexico to Wyoming along Colorado’s Front Range. The goal for the CFRT is to connect existing and planned trail systems with new trail corridors and create linkages with Colorado’s growing population centers. The CFRT will link diverse communities, scenic landscapes, points of interest, parks and open space, and other recreation attractions. The CFRT will be a unique legacy that will enrich Colorado’s tourism and recreation resources, heritage, and health. Partners are working together at the local, regional, and state level to plan, fund, develop and promote the CFRT in their communities. 

For more information on the CFRT Trail Projects, including maps, visit www.brightonco.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1266/CFRT-master-plan

  

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