LOVELAND, Colo. – The parking area at Lions Open Space in Laporte, Colo., has reopened to the public after being closed since late February for construction.
Lions Open Space is home to the westernmost portion of the Poudre River Trail, which continues west as the Pleasant Valley Trail. The Pleasant Valley Trail is open but will remain rerouted away from the Cache la Poudre River until a damaged section of the trail is repaired later this year. Fishing access is back to normal.
The temporary closure to the parking area was the result of improvements taking place at Lions Open Space, including stabilizing the bank of the Poudre River and repairing about a 20-foot section of the Pleasant Valley Trail that was damaged during previous flood events. This work will be done in two phases.
During the first phase of construction, completed April 6, crews installed boulders and other rocks along the shoreline to stabilize the riverbank. Also, in the Poudre River itself, they installed rock clusters to improve fish habitat and lines of rock to slow the river's velocity and reduce the potential for erosion of the riverbank.
The second phase of construction is scheduled to take place in late summer or early fall, after spring runoff when the water level of the Poudre River subsides. It will include re-vegetation and soil work on the restored riverbank, as well as repairs to the damaged section of the Pleasant Valley Trail.
For information, please contact Jeffrey Boring, resource specialist, at (970) 619-4569 or firstname.lastname@example.org.