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Pickleball Courts at Smith Sports Complex
Parks and Recreation is proposing outdoor pickleball courts at either the Smith Sports Complex at Fort Lewis College, or Schneider Park. After a thorough public process, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, at their August 10, 2022 meeting, made a recommended to City Council to pursue construction of outdoor pickleball courts at the Smith Sports Complex. After reviewing the information presented at a City Council meeting in September 2022, the City Council gave staff direction to survey the proposed area at Schneider Park, and will revisit the two proposed areas after the survey is complete.
Pickleball Court Design Concept at Schneider Park (click on image to zoom in - pdf)
Pickleball Court Design Concept at Smith Sports Complex at the eastern end of the parking lot
Pickleball Court Design Concept (pdf)
Animas River Trail - Rank Park to Demon Pedestrian Bridge
The existing trail surface in this section of the Animas River Trail between Rank Park and the Demon Pedestrian Bridge is currently under construction. Trail improvements include a wider concrete trail platform and enhanced drainage infrastructure.
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Animas River Trail to SMART 160 Trail Connection
The multi-use, hard-surface, SMART 160 Trail connection will be the primary community trail corridor between the Three Springs area of Durango and the Animas River Trail within the City of Durango. The final build out of the SMART 160 Trail will provide approximately 2.6 miles of trail. Progress has been made with development of portions of the trail on the both the western and eastern ends of the connection.
The preliminary alignment for the remaining portion of trail has been identified in coordination with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and adjacent property owners. The 1.25 mile long trail segment corridor included in SMART 160 East Trail Connection project will provide public trail connection between a proposed future underpass of Highway 550/160 at the Sale Barn trailhead and the developed trail at the Highway 550/160 overpass bridge structures, linking central Durango to the Three Springs area of the community together.
Animas River Trail North - 32nd Street and Animas River crossing
The Animas River Trail (ART) grade-separated crossing was completed and celebrated with an official opening in August 2022. The entire ART north project has been in the works for decades, along years of public meetings and planning process and revisions. The final result of this project is an additional mile of scenic trail all the way up to the Oxbow Park and Preserve.
Park improvements including ADA accessible parking, an ADA accessible sidewalk to the shade pavilion, natural climbing boulders, tree plantings and landscape improvements at the west edge of the park are planned for 2022. Community feedback specific to possible park and play area improvements was provided during a neighborhood. Suggested park improvements included additional tree plantings, additional buffer landscape and irrigation at the west edge of the park, low scale and naturalistic play, additional seating, and better parking/accessibility.