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Hiking at Jeffco Parks at Night

From: Ed W.
Sent on: Sunday, August 29, 2010 9:52 PM
Hi After Work Hikers,

Most of my after work hikes are in Jefferson County ("Jeffco") Open Space Parks. These parks close one hour after sunset, which basically means we can't do after work hikes there during the winter. I received an email regarding a proposal that Jeffco open some parks at night, and was asked to fill out a survey to help them decide. Obviously, we want the parks open at night, so I thought I'd pass along the survey to you so they could get more positive responses. The parks I'm most interested in hiking at night are:
Deer Creek Canyon
Mount Galbraith
Mount Falcon
South Valley
White Ranch

Click here to take the survey.

Also, pencil in your calendar Saturday, October 9. Jeffco Open Space has a Trail Day then, and I plan to have a Meetup to have our members help with trail work on the trails we use so often.

Ed White
Hike Leader & Organizer

P.S. Below is the text of the email I received regarding the survey.

From: "Adam Feerst, Runuphill Racing"
Date: 26 August,[masked]:49:15 MDT
To: [address removed]
Subject: DTR: Night Time Trail Use Survey

As many of you know, I'm a member of the Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) Trails Use Task Force (TUTF). Over the last few months, we've been working on proposing to JCOS that they open up some of their parks for night time use. There are a limited opportunities nearby for night time running, riding, hiking, photography, etc. It is not currently permitted at any JCOS parks. Green Mountain is the only "real" trail we use that is open at night. Obviously, it would be great to have a few more options.

Before we take a proposal to JCOS staff and the Open Space Advisory Council (OSAC), we wanted to gauge support/interest among various user groups. Members of TUTF have developed a survey that to help in that endeavor. To be clear, this is not an official JCOS survey. The TUTF (a group of runners, hikers, bikers and equestrians, who meet regularly with JCOS to resolve trail conflicts and discuss issues that affect our user communities) is doing this independently to developing a proposal to take to JCOS, hopefully in October. JCOS has not been open to this in the past, so it's important that we show just how much interest there is for night time usage.

You can take the survey HERE. Feel free to pass the survey link along to your friends or other interested parties. The more responses we get, the better.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions or comments.

Adam Feerst
Runuphill Racing, LLC
Running and Endurance Sports Coaching
Race Management and Consulting

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