Boulder Makes Progress Toward Opening Chapman Drive to Mountain Bikes

From the Daily Camera:

County commissioners' approval, bridge deal are final hurdles

By Laura Snider Camera Staff Writer

The city of Boulder is close to wrapping up a land deal that would allow mountain bikers to connect from Boulder Canyon to Flagstaff Mountain via Chapman Drive.

The Chapman Drive connector was one of two mountain bike trail proposals approved last spring by the City Council as part of the management plan for the West Trail Study Area, a chunk of open space west of Broadway.

The second proposed trail would connect Walker Ranch to Eldorado Springs. To make either trail a reality, however, the city needs the cooperation of other landowners and government agencies.

Next week, the Boulder County commissioners will decide whether to approve a deal between the city and the Bonnie L. Schnell Revocable Trust that would make three lots out of two existing parcels. The largest parcel, about 119 acres, would go to the city's Open Space and Mountain Parks Department. That piece of land also encompasses the lower third of Chapman Drive, a 20-foot-wide dirt road built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps that intersects with Colo. 119 about 3.5 miles up Boulder Canyon.

The second two lots -- which would be five acres and seven acres in size -- would surround existing residences.

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