Trail links RidgeGate with Highlands Ranch

East/West Regional Trail opens segment to allow passage under I-25

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A 2.5-mile segment of the East/West Regional Trail was recently completed, running from a trailhead near RidgeGate Parkway and I-25 at Schweiger Ranch to the Cabela's Drive connector trail west of I-25.

Completion of this project relied on the collaboration of local and state partners, including the Colorado Department of Transportation, the City of Lone Tree, Rampart Range Metro District, RidgeGate Investments, Schweiger Ranch Foundation and Great Outdoors Colorado.

“The days of a single agency having the means to complete an undertaking of this magnitude are long gone,” Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas said in a news release. “This project is just one notable example of creative solutions that can be achieved through strong community partnerships on behalf of those we serve.”

This is the first phase of an 8-mile segment of the trail made possible by a $2 million grant from GOCO to Douglas County and the Town of Parker to connect Lone Tree to the Cherry Creek Trail in Parker. Construction of the final portion of the trail is in design with construction slated for 2020.

When complete, the East/West Regional Trail will extend 28 miles from Chatfield State Park to Parker, connecting Douglas County with major trail systems statewide, including the Colorado Trail and Cherry Creek Trail.

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