Breaking New Ground


Ready to dig

On April 23, Clear Creek and Jefferson County Commissioners broke ground with gold-painted shovels on the portion of the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek County. Work on this 2-mile section is being managed by the Clear Creek County Open Space Commission and staff.

All six County Commissioners from both counties christened the project with enthusiastic words of support for the intra-county project. The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the west entrance to the Oxbow, just west of Tunnel #5.


Shovels ready

Clear Creek County Open Space Commission Chair Marion Jennings served as master of ceremonies. The event was well attended with key people from both counties as well as project supporters. Attendees included the Jefferson County and Clear Creek County Administrators, Ralph Schell and Tom Breslin; a representative from Great Outdoors Colorado; board members and staff from the Clear Creek Land Conservancy; staff from both county open space programs; members of the Clear Creek Open Space Commission; a representative from the Central Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District; CDOT staff; members of the project design/build team; other Clear Creek County staff; and interested citizens.


Clear Creek County Open Space Commission Chairwoman Marion Jennings addresses the crowd

– Martha Tableman, Open Space Coordinator, Clear Creek County Open Space

Breaking Ground!

GroundbreakdingNow that warm weather has arrived, Clear Creek County Board of County Commissioners and the Clear Creek County Open Space Commission (OSC) are planning to celebrate the beginning of on-the-ground construction activities for the Peaks to Plains Trail: Clear Creek Canyon Segment. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the entrance to the Oxbow Parcel. (This is located on US 6 just west of the intersection with Highway 119.) This marks the transition from focusing on design aspects to actually making the trail a reality.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP with Martha Tableman at

This project has received funding support from Great Outdoors Colorado, the Gates Family Foundation as well as Clear Creek County and the OSC.

-Martha Tableman, Open Space Coordinator, Clear Creek County Open Space