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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Castle Creek Trail gets another look

Courtesy of www.aspenmusicfestival.com

Pitkin County and the City of Aspen are re-visiting the process that could bring a bicycle trail to a short segment of Castle Creek Road.

Castle Creek Road is narrow, with steep embankments, and it’s also popular for road bikers and sightseers. Plus, that’s the only route for students at Country Day School and the Aspen Music School to get to classes. So Pitkin County and the City of Aspen open space and trails programs are asking the public for input about a trail that would connect the Marolt Trail to the school campus.

A similar attempt failed a decade ago, when nearby homeowners sued the county over code violations. Gary Tennenbaum, director of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, said this time will be different.  


“We know the code is clear, we know what we need to do. And this time, we’re trying to do a transparent public process and get involved from a wide range of stakeholders,” he said.

The trail would be less than a mile long. There will be a public meeting on July 24.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.