The Milk Run Trail is a new connection from the end of the Monarch Spur Trail in the field behind Wal Mart. The new section of trail connects from the old dead-end to Starbuck Dairy Subdivision, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Wal Mart and the intersection of Hwy 50 and CR 111.
The Monarch Spur Trail was constructed on former railroad right of way that was obtained by the City when the line was abandoned. The City obtained the land they could at that time and acquire grant funding to install the existing trail. It has been a popular trail for many years but has surprised many first-time users when they reach the abrupt end and were forced to turn back. The addition of the Milk Run Trail will allow users to connect from downtown to Highway 50 and all of the neighborhoods between.
One might think that it is a simple process to construct a logical trail extension; however, like many projects it was not simple to fund or complete. The City obtained the land for the trail extension in 2006 as part of the negotiation for the development of the Starbuck Dairy Subdivision. The City was eventually awarded $156,400 in grant funding through the Colorado State Trails program towards construction of the trail.
Pridemore Construction was awarded the contract for the project and construction is nearly complete. We hope that you can join us for the grand opening on May 24th and if not, that you will enjoy the new trail in the near future.
On a separate note, it is my honor to now serve this community as the City Administrator. Our family was pleased to have the opportunity to move to Salida in 2005, and we continue to enjoy being able to call this community our home. I look forward to working with the Mayor, City Council and all citizens to maintain the services and facilities we enjoy and make improvements where necessary or desired.
We have a wonderful city, and I am confident that together we can overcome the challenges that will inevitably come and continue to create new improvements such as the Milk Run Trail to celebrate in the future.