Rail Trail

On today's Local News Hour:

( 08:27) Eric Bradshaw Director of Rockport, Echo and Rail Trail Utah State Parks talks about the recently announced funding for upgrades to about a dozen state parks in the state.

( 21:04) Executive Director of the Alf Engen Ski Musuem Connie Nelson and Larry Warren, an inductee of the 2020 Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame.

( 38:40) Park City Historic Alliance Ex. Director Ginger Wicks with an update from yesterday's board meeting.


On today's Local News Hour:

( 02:25) Mountain Trails Foundation weekly report.

( 08:19) Sean Higgins report on the Park City Council directing staff to pursue taking over a portion of the rail trail from Utah State Parks. 

( 11:12) Summit County Park City Arts Council Ex. Director Jocelyn Scudder has last call for artist for the upcoming Monster Drawing Rally.

( 22:21) Park City Councilmember Nann Worel has a recap of last night's meeting.

Rail Trail State Park Website

In April, city council in Park City directed staff to pursue taking over a portion of the Rail Trail from Utah State Parks. $850,000 is included in next year’s city budget for improvements to the iconic Summit County trail.

 

Stretching over 28 miles from Park City to the Echo Reservoir north of Coalville, the Rail Trail is a popular walking and biking path for thousands of people each year.

 

Kim Frye

Park City public works has hired a trapping service to capture and euthanize a couple of beaver that have built dams on the stream along the Rail Trail. Residents have complained to the city that the back up of water from a couple beaver dams is causing flooding and property damage.

Rail Trail Maintenance Projects Await Funding

May 24, 2019
DNR UTah State Parks

The Rail Trail maintenance and management is handled by the Utah State Park System. There are projects scheduled this spring to address the problems of buckling asphalt, weeds and willows.

It might surprise area trail users to learn that the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail is a state park and does not fall under the jurisdiction of local trails management organizations. It follows abandoned railroad tracks and runs from eastern Summit County at Echo Reservoir, 28 miles, to end in Park City.

Rail Trail State Park Website

Summit County Development Director Patt Putt says he was excited to hear that there was discussion at last week’s budget hearing, on how to enhance the Park City Rail Trail through the Eastern County.

But he says the Rail Trail, while unique, is only part of a vision he’s advancing for a scenic/historic/commercial corridor.

The 2019 budget plan includes a possible $100,000 in Transient Room tax funding to plan enhancements for the Rail Trail. As we reported last week, representatives of the Mountain Trails Foundation suggested some other ways to devote money to the trail.

stateparks.utah.gov

Summit County’s hearing Wednesday night on the 2019 budget drew no public comment, except for two representatives of the Mountain Trails Foundation who were invited to speak.

The county has proposed using some Transient Room Tax money for a study on enhancing the Rail Trail. But Trails Foundation director Charlie Sturgis said he thinks the funding could better go for improvements to the trail.

The Rail Trail, stretching from Park City to Echo, is officially a park owned by the state.

Rail Trail State Park Website

The Public Comment period before the Summit County Council on Wednesday brought out a couple of different topics.

The council heard from South Summit resident Jan Perkins, who asked them to pursue the idea of a Summer Heritage Byway, proposed earlier this year by Development Director Pat Putt.

Council member Roger Armstrong said the underlying idea is that we don't always notice the county's many historical treasures. He noted Putt's interest was sparked by the Rail Trail.

Rail Trail State Park Website

The Mountain Trails Foundation has been taking care of the Park City Rail Trail for several years. But now Utah State Parks has awarded the contract to another entity, and Mountain Trails director Charlie Sturgis takes issue with that. Rick Brough has more.

For local Dave Hanscom, a bike ride and bird-watching jaunt ended in 23 stitches and without information regarding the dog or its owner.  Lynn Ware Peek has more.

It's unlikely that a ruling by the U.S.  Supreme Court this week will have ramifications for Park City's Rail Trail.  As KPCW's Leslie Thatcher reports, those who were involved in turning the unused rail bed into a 26-mile linear state park in the 1980s believe the local trail rights are protected.