The town of Windsor, in partnership with Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, will open the Kyger Open Space Trail to the public on Friday, May 29 at 9 a.m. The new trail is located at Kyger Open Space which is located between State Highway 392 and County Road 32C (Jacoby Road), west of Colorado Boulevard. The new trail is over a one-mile loop of paved and soft trail around the Kyger Reservoir and provides access to passive trail use, wildlife views, and scenic landscape vistas.
Part of the new construction includes a new parking area on the east of the trail for additional access. Reservoir access is not permitted at this time.
The Kyger trail will connect into the existing trailhead at River Bluffs Open Space, which is managed by Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.
“This is an exciting new addition not only to Windsor but to the Poudre River Trail corridor as a whole,” states Windsor Open Space & Trails Manager Wade Willis. “Completion of the Kyger trail is the first step in creating critical local connectivity.” The town is already in the process of designing a new trail along State Highway 392 between 17th St. and Colorado Blvd. as well as a trail running north and south along Colorado Blvd. that will connect Kyger to the River West neighborhood.
“We are grateful for the collaboration among Northern Colorado communities and the grant funding from Great Outdoors Colorado that made this possible. We are thrilled to provide this amenity as people are looking for new outdoor recreation opportunities now more than ever,” states Willis.
Out of a $2,000,000 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Connect Initiative grant that was given to fill three trail gaps of the Poudre River Regional Trail from Fort Collins to Windsor, $400,000 went to the construction of the Kyger Open Space. Kyger is the first portion to be constructed with additional segments to be completed by Larimer County, Timnath and Fort Collins in the next two to three years.
Once completed, the regional trail will offer a safe 45-mile contiguous trail amenity for hundreds of thousands of bicycle commuters and recreational users. The trail travels from the unincorporated town of Bellvue, located west of Fort Collins near the mouth of the Poudre Canyon, all the way to Greeley near the confluence of the South Platte River. It will connect to over 50 miles of local trail networks, open spaces and natural areas, future and existing community parks, community recreation centers, mass transit networks, and a plethora of neighborhoods.
About Larimer County Department of Natural Resources
Natural Resources manages Larimer County’s great outdoor places, including magnificent open spaces and water-based recreation areas, and fosters responsible land stewardship through weed management and healthy forest practices. To learn more, visit www.larimer.org/naturalresources.
About the Town of Windsor’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department
Windsor’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department works tirelessly to achieve its mission of building community. Our active and dynamic parks and recreation program, an abundance of modern facilities and the variety of activities available keep Windsor residents active year-round. The Open Space & Trails Division promotes a high quality of life by maintaining a diversified trail system and open spaces while emphasizing best management practices that support safety and environmental stewardship. Learn more at recreationliveshere.com.