This project will create an "alley" behind our house that is much longer than a City block. Is this legal? The length between access points creates a safety issue.

The police department is not aware of any safety issues that would be present along the trail that will connect between Villa Oak Drive and the Olivine Open Space. Although the distance between access points may be greater in this area than in other areas, it is not an enclosed area which would still allow for someone to summon help or escape, if needed.

The existing corridor following the proposed trail alignment is located between rear yard fences for some of the trail route. This area is typically a minimum of 25’ wide but varies along the route. In a few places (for example between Villa Oak Drive and Wachtel Way), fences have been constructed encroaching into and blocking the easement creating a dead end along this corridor. This existing dead end limits the capabilities of emergency responders to access the easement from only one direction. 

The existing unimproved condition of the corridor (presence of overgrown vegetation, lack of legitimate trail users along this corridor, and the dead end) creates a potential opportunity for criminal activity to occur due to the limited visibility of this area.

As part of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project, the existing corridor will be improved by:

  1.  Eliminating the existing dead ends along the corridor thereby improving access for emergency personnel for regular patrols and emergency access.
  2.  Introducing legitimate trail users to the corridor. Legitimate trail users aid emergency personnel by providing additional eyes on the corridor to more promptly report inappropriate activity or emergencies.
  3.  Remove overgrown vegetation and potential hiding places from the corridor. In addition, the trail alignment will be evaluated by law enforcement to ensure the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) are adhered to.
  4.  Allow for the introduction of lighting, security cameras, and other enhancements that will provide added measures of security. These features will be considered throughout the design of the project.

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1. What is the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project?
2. What is the history of the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project and how did it come about?
3. How does the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail fit into the regional trail system? Why is the trail ending at Wachtel Way?
4. How will the trail cross Fair Oaks Boulevard? Will a signal be installed?
5. How will use of the existing easement affect my property taxes and my property value?
6. What is an easement? How are you able to install the trail on private property?
7. Who will be responsible for trail maintenance? How will it be maintained? Is the property owner required to maintain the easement now?
8. How does the use of easement affect my ability to keep small farm animals on my property? What about other uses that have minimum lot size requirements?
9. Is the city going to move the fences to the location of the easement? If the trail is only 14' wide, will the city take the whole easement or just what is needed?
10. Who is liable if someone is hurt while using the trail within the easement through my property?
11. Will I have to change my insurance on my property to cover this new use?
12. Who will be responsible to repair fencing if it is vandalized or damaged between my property and the easement?
13. Will the grant pay for neighbor fencing and visual landscape barriers? What type/kind and how tall will it be? How will they be maintained? Will the project pay to replace existing fencing?
14. I currently have access to the rear of my property through the easement. Will this change? Will I be able to continue to use the trail as an exit for my RV, deliveries, etc.?
15. Why do you want to go on people's property when you can just use the street? Why can’t the bike path just go along existing streets and not impact properties?
16. This project will create an "alley" behind our house that is much longer than a City block. Is this legal? The length between access points creates a safety issue.
17. I heard there was a lawsuit from the 1980s related to easements that are included as part of this project. What was that about?
18. How does easement law pertain to our properties? What liability do property owners have through the easement?
19. How will the trail installation affect drainage on the adjacent properties?
20. Who is responsible to install and maintain fencing along the easement? What liability do property owners’ have regarding the fencing?
21. Where will people park to access trails at Wachtel and Villa Oak?
22. What will be the width of each of the facilities through the easement (equestrian, bicycle, pedestrian)? What material will be provided for equestrian use?
23. Where can we find a copy of the Creek Corridor Trail Feasibility Study document?
24. Who will be responsible for dog waste pickup?
25. What % of the overall funding is coming from the City's general fund?
26. How many trees are being removed along the trail route?
27. What security measures will be installed?
28. What about the oak trees? Are you protecting them or taking them out? What if there are some trees we would like to remove?
29. Why not use this money to fix city roads?
30. What is the project timeline and next steps?
31. Will the trail be able to handle emergency vehicles but be blocked by bollards to keep cars out?
32. Will this be patrolled by police?
33. Is this trail being installed no matter what?
34. Will lighting be installed along the trail? Will lighting within the parks be improved? Will it turn off at a certain time? Will trail lighting spill into my backyard and house?
35. It seems like this trail will encourage homeless to use the trail. How will the city address this issue?
36. Why is a new bridge required in Sundance Natural Area?
37. Is rock slope protection needed in Arcade Creek at Sundance Natural Area? Why?
38. Will the trail be open 24/7?
39. Why is a signal going to be installed at Fair Oaks Blvd? This will just increase traffic on that road and there is already too much traffic.
40. Have additional questions?