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City upgrade project to close Section 16 Trailhead through early August

A photo from 2004 shows the start of the Section 16 Trail/Palmer Red Rock Loop, with the sign that used to provide trail information. A new sign will be installed as part of the upgrade project at the trailhead starting July 6.
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An upgrade project is temporarily closing the Section 16 Trailhead as of Monday, July 6.
       Including concrete curb and gutter as well as parking-area asphalt and striping, the work will last about four weeks and (during that time) prevent trail access at that point, a city press release states.
       The trailhead is off Gold Camp Road, about a quarter mile up from where Gold Camp starts at the intersection of 26th Street, Lower Gold Camp Road, Wheeler Avenue and Bear Creek Road
       Another aspect of the improvements is work to “provide safer travel off the main Section 16 Trail [also known as the Palmer/Red Rock Loop] and the newly constructed Section 16 bypass trail,” the release adds.
       There will also be a new trailhead sign, according to Chris Lieber, development manager for City Parks. The old sign, originally placed by El Paso County when it was leasing the property, was taken down several months ago.
       Funding for the trailhead project comes from a 2013 Colorado State Trails grant, the press release states, with a match from the city sales-tax-supported TOPS (Trails, Open Space and Parks) fund.
       The new sign "will include a wayfinding map that identifies the trail system for Section 16, RRC and White Acres, including Intemann Trail and Forest Service connections," Lieber said.
       On its route through the open space, the Section 16/Palmer Trail connects with the Intemann Trail to Crystal Park Road, which connects on the way with trails in the original Red Rock property.
       The city bought the 640-acre Section 16 five years ago and later made it part of Red Rock Canyon Open Space (which had opened to the public in 2004).
       The 50-acre White Acres open-space property, also abutting Gold Camp Road, was added to Red Rock in 2009.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 7/3/15; Outdoors: City/County Parks)

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