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Castle Creek Trail near Aspen finally reality after 14 years, nearly $4 million

The half-mile trail to two school campuses in the Castle Creek Valley was finally completed this week.
Credit: Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times
People utilize a half-mile trail in the Castle Creek Valley in Aspen on Thursday, July 2, 2020. (Kelsey Brunner/The Aspen Times)

ASPEN, Colo. — After 14 years, a lengthy lawsuit by area residents and nearly $4 million in construction costs, a half-mile trail to two school campuses in the Castle Creek Valley was finally completed this week.

The Castle Creek Trail now runs from the intersection of Castle Creek Road and the Marolt Trail to the campus of Aspen Country Day School and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Previously, students and parents who wanted to ride or walk to school were forced to take their lives into their own hands when they took the narrow, winding Castle Creek Road to school.

“It is just such a wonderful improvement,” said Carolyn Hines, communications director at Aspen Country Day School. “We just can’t wait for students to be able to walk and ride to school safely.

“It is so long overdue.”

Officials with Aspen Country Day showed a harrowing video to Pitkin County Commissioners in October 2016 depicting large trucks and car traffic having to haphazardly make their way around bicyclists and pedestrians on the road. In the video, students spoke of cars that nearly hit their arms and the general lack of safety for bikes and pedestrians on the road.

> For more on this go to aspentimes.com

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