State Grant will launch Bear Creek Trail improvements

Published on February 11, 2021

Bear Creek Trail improvements sketch.

Lakewood will be able to break ground in the coming months on significant improvements to the Bear Creek Trail after securing a $750,000 Colorado Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. The improvements will help to alleviate congestion on this heavily utilized regional trail corridor visited by over 600,000 users per year.

The grant will help fund a 14,000-foot long crusher fines trail that will be approximately 6 feet wide and run parallel to the existing concrete Bear Creek Trail. Additionally, the project will make improvements including widening sections of the concrete trail to 10 feet when feasible, improving safety by softening trail curves to extend sight lines, and replacing damaged concrete to mitigate hazards. Signage, wayfinding, bridge replacement, landscape restoration and enhancements will complete the scope of the project.

The Bear Creek Trail runs through the Bear Creek Greenbelt, a 350-acre park on the south side of the city. The trail is approximately seven miles in length beginning near C-470 and Morrison Road in Bear Creek Lake Park and extending east to Wadsworth Boulevard and into Denver.

Lakewood was awarded the grant in 2020, and the final step in completing the grant agreement is currently in process. Muller Engineering was selected as Lakewood’s consultant on the project late last year and will take the lead on the project including conducting environmental and flood plain studies to ensure minimal disturbance to the natural environment.

Construction of the project will be completed in phases, with detours beginning in the fall of 2021. For more information, project updates and to ask questions of the project team, visit LakewoodTogether.org/BearCreekTrail or call 303-987-7800. Subscribe to the project page for notifications when new information becomes available.