February 12, 2011
Staunton State Park
Although it seems that the buzz of the Staunton State Park Master Planning process has quieted, staff has been hard at work participating in the Development Phase of opening the park.
Extensive survey work is almost complete in the Lower Camp area where the entrance road and Visitor Center will be constructed. The entrance road has been laid out with careful consideration to minimizing ground disturbance during construction.
Staff has been working closely with the architects on the programming of the Visitor Center building, and is anxiously awaiting the schematic drawings. Our process has been careful and thoughtful to ensure that we meet the needs of both the staff and visitors, while maintaining the Park's commitment to sustainability and efficiency.
The mild winter weather has allowed us to continue our work flagging trail corridors. Multi-use, mountain bike, horseback riding, and hiker-only trails have all been integrated into phase I. The overall trail experience will truly be amazing!
You may have noticed recent work in the Davis Meadow along Elk Creek Road. Contractors drilled wells that monitor the amount of water in the meadow throughout the year. This information is used as part of an augmentation plan for future water rights at the park.
The park will not be open for public access until sometime in 2012. I appreciate the phone calls and emails reporting unauthorized access to the park. Construction of the entrance road, visitor center, and trails in the Lower Camp of Staunton State Park will begin in late spring or early summer, when it will be even more important that access to the park be controlled due to the safety concerns of an active construction site.
At a neighbor's request, I have put together a Community Education Series. The topics will focus on items that affect the park specifically and also the surrounding community. The first will be Sunday April 10th from 2pm-4pm at Elk Creek Fire Department. You will learn the basics of identifying and controlling noxious weeds in our area from Alicia Doran of Jefferson County Weed and Pest Department. Vegetation Management, Inc. will present a slideshow on their 10 years of weed mitigation at Staunton State Park.
Future Education Series topics include Living with Wildlife, presented by your local Division of Wildlife Manager, Howard Horton, and Raptor Education, presented by Colorado State Parks. Watch for future emails regarding the Community Education Series. I hope you will join us.
Many of you are patiently waiting to become volunteers at Staunton State Park. Over the course of the next 12-18 months we will be slowly building the Park's volunteer program, starting with Volunteer Historians and Volunteer Weed Warriors. Attached to this email are detailed Opportunity Descriptions.
Volunteer Historians will be working on a Staunton State Park History Project. If you are interested in volunteering for this project or have historic information to share with us, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Weed Warriors will focus on the control of noxious weeds in the park. If this fits your interests, please attend the Community Education Series presentation on April 10th to begin your journey as a Weed Warrior. At the presentation you will have the opportunity to sign up for our Pulling for Colorado event on July 9, 2011.
As always, please call or email me with specific questions regarding the park.