An approximately 2-mile rural trail on Jacoby Ridge could be complete as soon as early June, Laramie Parks and Recreation Director Todd Feezer said.
“The contractors broke ground April 17,” Feezer said. “They almost have the trail roughed in.”
Working in conjunction with the University of Wyoming, the city added the rural trail, located east of the Glenn “Red” Jacoby Golf Course, to the Laramie Parks and Recreation Master Plan in 2014. In March, the Laramie City Council contracted Wyo Trails to design and construct the trail at a cost not to exceed $101,465 with a contingency of $10,000.
“The biggest part of this whole piece is the length of it,” Feezer said. “It’s going to be over 2 miles, and a trail that size is near unheard of in a town this size.”
The compacted-gravel trail is slated to feature four resting benches, an informational kiosk and space for a parking lot.
“It’ll be nice to have it in the summer,” Councilor Klaus Hanson said. “It’s going to be beautiful because it’s going to be elevated and you’ll be able to see the town from up there.”
Previously, the location was considered for housing, but Hanson said he preferred the rural trail.
“You couldn’t build or have housing that close to the ridge anyway, because it’s dangerous,” Hanson said.
“You shouldn’t build that close to the ridge.”
Feezer said the rural trail could deter unauthorized use of the land as a roadway.
“We plan on utilizing some large limestone boulders to deter people who have been using the roads unauthorized,” Feezer said. “What’s happened is they used a two-track over and over. When it got muddy or impassible, they would drive about 20 feet around the bad area and before long you have a large section of land that is destroyed.”
The trail could also help prevent illegal dumping in the area, he said.
“I think what deters the illegal dumping is more people out there for the proper use” Feezer said. “Then there’s more eyes to spot the illegal use.”
While Hanson said he hasn’t witnessed illegal activities in the area, he said having preventative measures helps keep Laramie an attractive place to live.
“If it’s a private property, then people do it themselves,” Hanson said. “But because it’s public property, it will be nice to have some preventative measures.”