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Getting better all the time: Accommodations tax benefits trails, Yampa Street

Getting better all the time: Accommodations tax benefits trails, Yampa Street

In this next round of funding, local trail-building efforts for biking and hiking will get the lion’s share, receiving $5 million over the next 10 years. Yampa Street revitalization efforts will receive $900,000 over the next three years, with improvement plans including everything from creating additional public parks to building a 16- to 24-foot-wide walkway along the river side of Yampa Street.

On the trail side, the funds will be used by the Steamboat Springs Trails Alliance to further expand biking and hiking trails around town. Funds have already been used to build the new four-mile-long Morning Gloria Trail accessing Emerald Mountain, and there are plans to open new public access to the Yampa River near the Chuck Lewis State Wildlife Area and build additional trails on Emerald Mountain and more. “Building trails is a great use of the funds,” says the city’s planning director Tyler Gibbs. “Few downtowns have parks like Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain adjacent to them, and it’s great to have the opportunity to improve them even more.”

Leveraging the proceeds with grants from such entities as Great Outdoors Colorado, the Trails Alliance ultimately is proposing to build and improve 46 multi-use trails and connectors in the city and adjacent lands. “The projects will benefit everyone who comes to Steamboat,” says local trail builder Aryeh Copa.

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