A recently completed stormwater project contains an added bonus for outdoors enthusiasts: It incorporates a 2,000-foot fat bike trail in Sand Creek, the first of its kind in Colorado. A city press release notes that fat bikes, which have large tires, "allow riders to easily transverse different types of terrain including sand while leaving minimal trace of their presence."
The release quotes Richard Mulledy, the city's water resources engineering manager, as saying, "This is an example of the many opportunities where we can capitalize on existing stormwater infrastructure projects that will not only reduce flooding, but will also provide an amenity."
The stabilization project also created a maintenance road along Sand Creek that will later become part of the 9-mile Sand Creek Trail, which will be extended to 14 miles connecting the Pikes Peak Greenway, near Circle Drive and Interstate 25, and Woodmen and Marksheffel roads.
Borealis Fat Bikes will provide test bikes for anyone who signs up to explore the trail on Dec. 1 (Global Fat Bike Day) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Jerry Cordova at email@example.com to reserve a bike.
Don't bike? You're free to explore the creek-bed trail on foot, says city spokesperson Kim Melchor.
The project, which protects the Platte Avenue bridge over Sand Creek and nearby properties from erosion, is one of eight funded in 2017 as part of an agreement with Pueblo County. It was paid for by: a $3.9 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, $1.2 million in city funds and $600,000 in state funds.