June 1 is National Trails Day.
This Saturday, June 1, Broomfield will host its 18th annual Broomfield Trail Adventure. This year’s event will feature the city and county’s newest trail, which connects Flatiron Crossing Mall with Via Varra through the new 96th Street Underpass.
Pete Dunlaevy, Open Space and Trails Manager for the City and County of Broomfield, explains that while the day is held in celebration of National Trails Day, the city also sees the event as a chance to introduce people to a part of the Broomfield trail system that might be new or unfamiliar to many people.
“The original idea was to show people trails they didn’t know about in the community. We typically pick something new or recently built, or a little off the beaten path. We have a lot of trail connections we think lots of people don’t know about,” he said, like the 96th Street Underpass, which was completed about six months ago.
Broomfield is home to over 300 miles of trails, from multi-use paths to soft-surface trails, on-street bike lanes, with many more trails currently planned or under construction. The trail system is designed to connect within and beyond the Broomfield community so pedestrians and bikers can easily access the larger regional trail system.
The trail adventure is popular with Broomfield residents, typically drawing several hundred participants each year. Nearly 500 people attended last year.
Saturday’s trail event will feature educational and nonprofit tents, raffle prizes, light snacks, free t-shirts, and Broomfield 100 Passports, which allow people to earn points toward free prizes by participating in recreational activities around Broomfield.
“It’s family friendly. We have prizes and things for the kids – it’s very educational. And, part of our event is understanding that people are busy on Saturdays. We always start at 8 am and finish by around 10 am. People can join us for a community walk, experience educational tents like Birds of Prey, which brings live birds and raptors for people to see up close, and still have their Saturday,” explained Dunlaevy, adding, “We hope people will leave with a new understanding of all the trail connections they can access right here in our community.”
Save the Date
When: 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 1
Where: Flatiron Station
Parking Details: Parking will be available at the northwest end of Flatiron Marketplace (170 E Flatiron Crossing Dr), with additional parking at the Flatirons Circle Park-N-Ride (398E E Flatiron Crossing Dr).
Additional Information: This is a free event for all ages. No RSVP required. Don’t forget water and sunscreen!
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