Construction of the 2.4-million-dollar final phase of the 28-mile East - West Regional Trail began in August of 2020. This 4.7-mile soft surface trail segment begins at the existing trail east of S. Havana St. and connects to the existing trail underpass at S. Chambers Rd. This trail serves as the backbone for a network of local trails throughout the south Denver Metro region, allowing for connections between communities on a regional trail system. The East - West Regional Trail is also part of a much larger state-wide trail system, and when completed will provide an off-street trail connection from the Denver Metro area to Durango, through connections to the Cherry Creek Regional Trail, High Line Canal Trail, Waterton Canyon Trail and the Colorado Trail.
This final phase of the East - West Regional Trail is a regional partnership project between Douglas County, the City of Lone Tree, the Town of Parker, Ridgegate Investments Inc., the Rampart Range Metro District, Xcel Energy, and the Schweiger Ranch Foundation. Construction of this portion of the trail includes: 4.7 miles of soft surface trail; extensive modular block retaining walls due to the existing steep topography; a 90-foot-long prefabricated steel pedestrian bridge crossing of Badger Gulch; several minor drainage crossings; ranch fencing; and native landscape restoration.
Douglas County and Parker recently received a $2 million trail grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to assist in the construction funding for completion of this important regional trail link.