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Lions Open Space Parking Area Reopened

Larimer County
LOVELAND, Colo. – The parking area at Lions Open Space in Laporte, Colo., has reopened to the public after being closed since mid-October 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 and the damaged section of the trail has been repaired. Fishing access in the Cache la Poudre River 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 is being done in three phases.

During the first phase of construction, completed this past spring, crews installed boulders and other rocks along the shoreline to stabilize the riverbank. Also, in the 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.

During the second phase, completed this week, crews finalized the lines of rock in the river and along the eastern riverbank, reseeded the eastern riverbank and repaired the damaged section of the Pleasant Valley Trail.

During the third phase, scheduled to take place in spring of 2017, crews will finish re-vegetation work along the eastern bank of the Poudre River by planting shrubs and trees.

For information, please contact Danielle Levine, restoration ecologist, at (970) 619-4553 or
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