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    More Trail Mileage Open at Apex Park


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    Following an earlier than expected opening of Phase 2 at Apex Park on May 23, Jeffco Open Space reopened the lower Apex Trail triangle (Argos Trail to Pick ‘N Sledge Trail to Apex Trail, and out to the trailhead) for recreation on Friday, June 13. To date, 8.8 of 9.5 trail miles (93%) have been reopened.

    In the wake of the historic flooding late last year, staff and volunteers have been working to remove hazards and fix trail tread to reopen this popular Open Space Park. Major work on Enchanted Forest Trail, which has been open since late May, was completed on June 11. Repair required a high-line system, involving cable and pulleys, to transport rocks used to shore up the trail and better protect it from future storms.

    A section of lower Apex Trail (see map) in Phase 3 of the flood recovery plan is all that remains closed. This section, between Pick ‘N Sledge Trail and Sluicebox Trail, suffered the worst trail damage. Repair plans call for installation of three bridges and a sizable culvert to span the gap of large washouts, making the trail better able to withstand flooding. This section is closed for the safety of visitors, with buck-and-rail fences and signs marking both ends of the closure.

    To capitalize on all available funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Jeffco Open Space is submitting a required environmental assessment, with input from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO). After a public input period and review, FEMA funds can be issued to cover the costs of rebuilding the trail. Helicopters will be needed to transport building materials into narrow Apex Gulch.

    Construction of the restroom at the new trailhead in the lower lot of Heritage Square is on schedule. The construction incorporates sustainable building features. The insulation comes from shredded recycled denim. Solar shingles will power the lights.

    Volunteers have helped to power the way for recovery. “We thank all the volunteers who have helped us to rebuild Apex Park,” said Kim Frederick, Trail Services Supervisor. “We’ve seen the worst that Mother Nature could dish out, bring out the best in people.”

    For more information on Apex Park and flood recovery across Jeffco Open Space Parks and Trails, see jeffco.us/parks/flood-recovery/. Volunteers can register for events at jeffcoopenspace.eventbrite.com, including a June 21 Summer Solstice Celebration at Van Bibber Park.

    Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972 to preserve land, protect park and natural resources and provide healthy nature-based experiences. We are funded with a one-half of one percent sales tax that has preserved over 53,000 acres and created 28 regional parks and 227 miles of trails in Jefferson County.


    Thea Rock
    Communications Manager
    303-271-5902
    trock@jeffco.us

    June 13, 2014


    Last Updated: 6-13-2014