Canyon Rim Trail headed for CIP process

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By Jennifer Garcia

After its inception five years ago, the Canyon Rim Trail may get to see the light of day if it is accepted as a Capital Improvement Project.

The CIP application process began Oct. 20, 2008, with deadline for submission of applications set for Dec. 19, 2008.

The Canyon Rim Trail will be an important addition to the trail system, as it will serve as a connector for the town of Los Alamos.

Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre said that he and his staff are re-working the cost for the project because all of their old estimates from five years ago are no longer valid. He said that he should have new estimates ready by Dec. 19.

“The trails have been around for a while. Once this is built, it will become one of the most used parks,” McIntyre said.

He said that they are planning to make the trail multi-use. It will include an asphalt surface, which will span 10 feet and bridges that will span 180 feet.

“This will be a community builder, a connector. It'll get people out and will help with their health problems (by exercising),” he said. McIntyre said that they are planning a basically flat surface for the trail, so that everyone can use it.

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