Thanks to a $33,000 grant from the State Trails Program, four trails totaling almost 27 miles are receiving new signs.
The signs feature elevation profiles, “you are here” maps, authorized use information, as well as points of interest along the trail. Mile markers have also been installed along the trails. The new signs are a product of two years of planning, funding, designing, GIS work, production and installation.
“Our goal was to get needed information out there and available for our visiting population”, said Maura McKnight, HTA executive director.
The new signs are featured on the Fraser River Trail, Fraser to Granby Trail, Givelo Trail and Northwest Passage Trail, beginner trails which are closest to town. The concept was developed after HTA conducted a trail-user survey and determined they needed to focus on four areas of trail improvements: trailhead development, trail connectivity, trail character and trail signage.
The signs were designed by O2 Creative of Fraser and used Susie Masterson’s elevation profile design from her popular productions. The design incorporated the new branding recently developed by the Winter Park-Fraser Chamber.
“We were aiming for consistency” said McKnight, “so that the signs could easily be identified as trail information centers. We wanted them to compliment the new branding efforts and really ‘fit in’ with the community.”
The Town of Fraser and Town of Winter Park collaborated with Headwaters Trails Alliance on the project and provided needed matching funds required by the State Trails Program.
“It was a really challenging project” stated McKnight, “but well worth the efforts.”
The Colorado State Recreational Trails Grant Program funds projects for large recreational trail grants, small recreational trail grants, trail planning, and trail support grants. This program is a partnership among Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado, the Colorado Lottery, the federal Recreational Trails Program, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.