A $2 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado will help to complete a regional trail project, building an 8-mile connection through Lone Tree to Parker. The extension will finish the East-West Regional Trail between Redstone Community Park in Highlands Ranch and the Cherry Creek Regional Trail in the Town of Parker and should begin 2017/2018.
A $1 million grant to the town of Castle Rock will extend the town's East Plum Creek Trail system by two miles. In Castle Rock, the East Plum Creek Trail extension will connect the communities of Crystal Valley Ranch, Kings Ridge, Heckendorf Ranch and The Lanterns with Castle Rock's downtown. This project will also will provide people with more access to the creek area, parks and open spaces and should begin 2018/2019. The East Plum Creek Trail currently travels six miles from Castle View High School to South Perry Street.
GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds in state parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. The grant is one of six awarded in the first phase of funding under Great Outdoors Colorado's new “Connect Initiative” program, which seeks to close trails gaps throughout the state. It plans to invest $30 million in closing state trail gaps over the next three years.