In May 2017, DUST 2 hired Amy Sharp of Sparrow Trails to apply for a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Non-Motorized Trail grant. The goal of this grant was to hire Tony Boone to lead construction of Phase II trails, connecting Yamaguchi Park to Reservoir Hill Trail network, with the construction of eight additional trails on Reservoir Hill. These monies would also be used to supply signs and tools for the project. The Phase 2 proposal, unanimously approved by the Pagosa Springs Town Council, was also about maintaining our long-term commitment and relationship with the Town.
In February 2018, DUST2 was informed that the project had not been recommended for funding by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Grant Review Committee. While disappointed, we were determined to move forward with a scaled-down version of the Phase 2 project. The board of directors held a special meeting to determine next steps and develop a revised Phase 2 plan and budget. With the Town of Pagosa Springs (TOPS) agreeing to allow DUST2 the use of the trail easements and in-kind donations that we had requested for the CPW grant, we were able to revise the project so that the community would still get the core elements of the original Phase 2 proposal without the CPW funds. Our updated budget goal was $30,000 that we would be requesting from the following sources: $20,000 from Archuleta County $5000 from the Pagosa Area Tourism Board (PATB) $5000 in private donations from individuals and businesses. With the easements and in-kind donations from TOPS in addition to the contributions above, DUST2 will be able to:
- Contract with a professional trail builder
- Construct the first half of the proposed 2.2 miles of professionally engineered single track trail on Res Hill with connector route to Phase 1.
- Continue development of the second half of Phase 2 trails on Reservoir Hill.
To date, the Board Of County Commissioners, in a 2:1 vote, agreed to allocate $15,000.00 from Conservation Trust Funds for the construction of our revised Phase 2 project. In addition to this, the Pagosa Area Tourism Board, Pagosa Outside, Citizens Bank, The Richardson Family, Sherpa Real estate, First Southwest Bank, Pagosa Mountian Sports, Wolf Creek Wheel Club and the Sewell Family, together donated $9600.00 in previous pledges, successfully funding our revised Phase 2 project.
Tony Boone has stated that he does want to contract with DUST2 to construct our Phase 2 trails and will be available late summer to early fall.
Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of our Phase 2 trail proposal is that local trail builder, Triston Richarson, will be leading construction of the Bronc Connector trail with help from local volunteers.
Amy Sharp has offered to re-write the grant pro-bono for submission in 2019. We will be in discussions with Amy Sharp and the Town Of Pagosa Springs to develop a plan of action for 2019 construction.
We are deeply grateful for your continued support and will keep you updated as we progress