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2020 Survey
A special thank you to everyone that participated in the Poudre Trail 2020 Survey. Your answers provided valuable information to the Corridor Board. The majority of trail users indicated the Poudre Trail is safe (95%) and well maintained (96%); however, 45% don’t feel safe at road crossings. This tells us we need to do a better job working with municipalities and CDOT to improve crossings. 
If you are curious, bike riding is the most popular primary activity, followed by walking, running, and dog walking.  In addition to selecting their primary activity, 58% of respondents stated that the Poudre Trail was their connection to nature.
Given the opportunity to “wish,” trail users would like to see more water-related activities along the river (tubing, wading, and fishing). Quiet areas for reflection and a dedicated mountain bike single-track trail were also frequently selected. 
Give Where You Live
Collaboration is the focus of the Corridor Board.  We learned long ago that working closely with our community is the best way to achieve positive results.  With that lesson learned, we are again this year collaborating with other non-profits throughout Weld County to make it easy for you to Give Where You Live.  You can make an impact in your community by pre-scheduling a Gives Day gift now. Visit coloradogives.org/weldcogives and select your favorite Weld County non-profit.  The Poudre Trail will be listed under Poudre River Trail Corridor, Inc.  Funds raised support the Trail volunteer program, Trail events, and improvements that enhance the Trail experience.  All these programs are designed to ensure that the community stays connected to the trail that they built.

Trail Counters

How many people use the Poudre Trail?  You would be surprised how many times we get this question. Grantor organizations want to know the potential impact of their dollars. Traffic control agencies want to know how many people cross the road, river-related organizations are interested in river impact, and many people are just curious. Knowing peak times, trailhead usage, busy sections, and sudden changes also help trail crews to manage maintenance better. 

So, just how many people use the trail?  On an average summer day, over 2,200 people pass a trail counter. On a peak day, this number soars to over 3,000. User numbers also indicate that the Poudre Trail has been a place for respite during the pandemic, characterized by a dramatic increase in visits during 2020.  Year-to-date trail counts are up 58%, with peak periods up over 200%. Finally, you might be interested to know that the trail is busiest during the middle of the day. If you are trying to avoid busy times, it is best to be on the trail early in the morning or after 3 pm.  

A Little Trail History

A little trail history from November 10, 2011
“Greeley Monument Works received First Place in the category of Public/Civic Monuments for their granite mile markers and story posts along the Poudre River Trail in Weld County. The award was presented to owners Debbie Dalton and Mike McBride at the annual American Institute of Commemorative Art Conference in Savannah, GA.
 
The mile markers provide direction and location identification every quarter mile for trail users. The nine larger story posts present an artistic demonstration commemorating each named section along the Poudre Trail.”
A Message from the Trail Manager
Every day I receive messages from trail users letting us know about something they have observed along the river corridor or to thank the trail crew for their hard work.  It continually reminds me of the personal connection our community has with the Poudre Trail. So I wasn’t surprised when I received this message, “We wouldn’t have made it thru this pandemic if it wasn’t for the trail!”  
With our daily living environment changing around us, it is nice to have a constant - - a place to go where the world around us is normal, unchanged. All summer I witnessed people drawn to the corridor for that normalcy. Regular trail users increased their visits and many residents discovered the corridor for the first time. The Poudre Trail is more than just a trail, it is our connection to nature. And nature simply makes you feel better.
Under Construction
New Trailhead 
Designs have been approved for a new trailhead planned for Island Grove in Greeley.  Located at 11th Ave. and the river (southwest corner), the new trailhead will feature improved access, expanded parking and other amenities for trail users to connect to nature along the river corridor. Construction is scheduled to start this winter for a spring 2021 opening. 

Eastman Park River Experience – Phase 1
The Town of Windsor has started construction of the Eastman Park River Experience Project! The first phase of construction will include the development of a larger river plaza area.
Construction of two river access points will allow for kayaking, canoeing and tubing in approximately one river mile. Residents will be able to safely access and enjoy the river by Spring 2021. 
Poudre Ponds Recreational Fishery 
Greeley’s Natural Areas & Trails Division will take advantage of a Water & Sewer Department project to partner with Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishery biologists to improve fish habitat within the pond, creating a better fishery when the pond is restocked in the Spring of 2021.
Trail Comments
Trail user comments are always welcome. It is your trail, and we appreciate comments and observations. Send comments to the Trail Manager at poudretrail@greeleygov.com.
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