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New Trail Connection from Madison Avenue to Old St. Louis Natural Area Opens

Post Date:10/25/2019

Loveland trail connection at Madison Ave.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 25, 2019

CONTACT: MARILYN HILGENBERG, OPEN LANDS & TRAILS MANAGER

City of Loveland Parks & Recreation

970.962.2443 / marilyn.hilgenberg@cityofloveland.org

New Trail Connection from Madison Avenue to Old St. Louis Natural Area Opens

Loveland, Colo - A new paved trail connection has just opened in east Loveland providing access to Old St. Louis Natural Area from neighborhoods to the north for wildlife viewing, passive trail use and connecting with nature. The new connection into Old St. Louis Natural Area lies north of the Farmers Irrigation Ditch at 705 S. Madison Avenue.

View the Loveland Recreation Trail

This new trail connection was made possible by donations, land deeded by Larimer County and a grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. The Colorado Health Foundation awarded $129,000 toward this project in support of intergenerational physical activity. This new trail connection provides safe, off-street access to Old St. Louis for residents from the Mirasol Senior Community, students from Winona Elementary School and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The new ¼-mile paved-surface trail is ADA accessible to allow users with physical constraints an opportunity to enjoy access for nature exploration and wildlife watching, including views of a nearby heron rookery (communal nesting area). Old St. Louis is a refuge for birds and mammals including songbirds, raptors, wild turkey, mink and white-tailed deer.  A small trailhead area at 1010 S. St. Louis Avenue provides parking, site information and a map of the property. Leashed dogs are welcome; owners must pick up and properly dispose of pet waste; bags are provided.

This winter, the site will be expanded to include stormwater, river and trail improvements, which will enhance water quality and provide additional trail access to the Big Thompson River west of Boise Avenue.

The city offers seasonal programming at Old St. Louis Natural area including guided walks and other activities. More information is available on our website: http://www.cityofloveland.org/openlands

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