Boulder County's Transportation and Parks & Open Space Departments, the Town of Erie, City of Lafayette and Great Outdoors Colorado celebrated the completion of the Coal Creek Regional Trail project with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday August 21, 2013.
This newly completed section of the Coal Creek Regional Trail adds 4.0 miles of multi-use trail that extends from the terminus of the Rock Creek Regional Trail near Majestic Drive in Lafayette to Erie’s Spine Trail near Vista Parkway. The entire Coal Creek and Rock Creek trail system will be 27 miles connecting the communities of Boulder, Superior, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie and Broomfield.
“We are very excited to help celebrate the completion of this expansive regional trail system,” said Commissioner Cindy Domenico. “Thanks to long-term community vision and invaluable collaborative efforts, the full trail system is now open to cyclists, pedestrians, equestrians and families to explore southeastern Boulder County communities and open space.”
On May 6, 1990, representatives from Boulder County and the City of Louisville gathered with volunteers, community groups and officials from the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District to open a trail segment through Dutch Creek Open Space. The trail opening marked the beginning of what is to become a 27-mile continuous multiuse trail linking Superior, Broomfield, Louisville, Lafayette and Erie via the Coal Creek and Rock Creek Trail system.
The Coal Creek Trail mostly follows Coal Creek and is characterized as a riparian area with an abundance of large trees that crisscrosses through urban areas. On any given day, bicyclists, pedestrians, commuters, families and nature enthusiasts can be seen using the trail. Since most of the Coal Creek Trail is within city limits, equestrian use is not allowed.
The Rock Creek Trail largely parallels Rock Creek, traversing through open fields within rural areas. Some portions of this trail are located near urban areas as it goes through Superior and eventually Broomfield. Equestrians are welcome to use most of the Rock Creek Trail along with bicyclists, pedestrians and nature enthusiasts.